Misero-mercenary at U of O

misero mercenary

Just in, Rhodes says:

Naylor Love stiffed by U of O.
$100M Dental School to be awarded to Leighs Construction.

Naylor Love’s consolation prize is the new $18M Otago Polytechnic Hall of Residence, where they were significantly more expensive than other local rival Amalgamated Builders, but scored much higher on non-price attributes, which gave them top ranking.

Amalgamated Builders, clearly not flavour of the month at either Polytech or University —it’s understood the same thing occurred at the recent Commerce Building Upgrade.

Related Post and Comments:
1.7.16 No one wants to work for U of O
31.5.13 University of Otago development plans

For more enter the term *university*, *campus master plan*, *property services*, *leith flood protection* or *landscaping* in the search box at right.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

Election Year. This post is offered in the public interest.


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12 responses to “Misero-mercenary at U of O

  1. Hype O'Thermia

    Who are Amalgamated Builders – any significant personnel names on the Hot or Not List?


    There’s just one big question mark!

    Robert Clark gave them a very strong reference for upgrading the town hall.

    Now, why would he do that?

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Tangibly grateful towards those who employ them on well-funded contracts with flexibility towards going over budget?


    Yes, Hype that explains why ABL would give Robert Clark a Christmas present, but not the converse.

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    Didn’t your parents make you write thankyou letters to Nana and the aunts and uncles who sent you Christmas and birthday presents? Appreciation is appreciated, and as well it encourages continuation of a generous relationship.

  5. Elizabeth

    Oh dear, poor C O’B, gone from under the radar even.

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016
    ODT: Details of ICT campus still being finalised
    An information and communications technology graduate school campus planned for Dunedin remains unopened as the five tertiary institutions behind it work to iron out the details.

    Enterprise Dunedin business development adviser Chanel O’Brien last year heralded the project and rubbished any suggestion Dunedin’s campus would be a lesser partner in the project. […] However, attempts to discuss the project with Ms O’Brien last week were unsuccessful and she referred all comment to the university.

  6. Elizabeth

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    Consent for dental school complex job
    The design for University of Otago’s $125 million school of dentistry is one of the most complex Dunedin City Council’s building services unit has seen. Council building services manager Neil McLeod said the designs for the Great King St building were so complex it took two staff almost five weeks to process the building consent.

    The consent was spread over 2000 pieces of largely A0 pieces of paper (841mm x 1189mm), which had to be moved with sack barrows.

    █ For August updates on the Dental School project, go to Comments at this post: No one wants to work for U of O

  7. Hype O'Thermia

    Going forward from Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral? “The consent was spread over 2000 pieces of largely A0 pieces of paper (841mm x 1189mm), which had to be moved with sack barrows.”

  8. Elizabeth

    Sat, 17 Sep 2016
    ODT: Dunedin’s building bonanza
    Dunedin is riding the wave of a $340 million commercial property boom. All up, $340.9 million has been invested in commercial properties around the city during the past three years in 21 projects. There are expectations a further $80 million-plus is in the pipeline from the health, education, local body and university sectors. […] Major contractors from Dunedin and others are welcoming the boom, but are aware this is a “top of the cycle” situation and construction remains a tough and highly competitive sector.

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