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Christchurch rebuild, slants

Slow to roll….

nzplatts Published on May 7, 2014

Christchurch CBD Rebuild 2014
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Christchurch, rise….

DTPictures NZ Published on Jan 18, 2014

Christchurch – January 2014
The familiar sound of Christchurch’s trams are back in the CBD, it was a glorious day, and I wanted to test out my new GoPro! Cue time lapses, wide angles, and gratuitous slow motion shots…
Photography: Dan Heuston
Music: ‘Rise’ by Ultravox (Google Play • iTunes)

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00, January 10 2015
Tougher conditions expected
By Tim Fulton – The Press
CHRISTCHURCH—Commercial construction firms are waiting to see how busy they will be this year as big jobs come together. The city’s commercial construction will get tougher, as the “greater rebuild” starts to wind down, Anthony Leighs says. “I have a bit of a fear that some will just react a bit too slowly and that will be painful and financially costly,” Leighs, the managing director of Leighs Construction, says.
The key to doing well in the rebuild is growing strategically, he says. Some companies are already caught between “scale-up” mode and planning for the time when work falls away. “Anecdotally, I know there are construction organisations who are finding the going, pretty bloody tough. And from this point onwards it’s not going to get easier – it’s going to get harder.”
Large projects for Leighs in the next 24 months will include Burwood Hospital overhaul and the Westpac and ASB buildings.
Commercial builders are also developing Christchurch Public Hospital, the Convention Centre, the Justice Precinct and “supposedly the Metro Sports Centre”. It is adding to the national strain on labour and construction materials, Leighs says. “The demand on resourcing is already pretty acute and it’s going to become far more significant.”

Christchurch CBD vision (labelled plan)

Hawkins chief executive Jim Boult says subcontractors to Canterbury’s commercial rebuild may soon look to the residential sector to ease staff shortages.

Christchurch has “adequate work for all good commercial construction companies at the moment” but companies will have to be nimble, Boult says. Most commercial firms are waiting to see how busy they will be, if and when some large government and private sector jobs come together. “If they all come out one-after-another, no problem. But if they all come out at the same time, then that could cause some constraints,” Boult says.
Contractors will probably need more migrants and imported, pre-fabricated materials from overseas to get the work done. They will also need to be careful not to be too large once their workload falls away.
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### 3news.co.nz Wednesday 5 Nov 2014 11:27 a.m.
Rebuild companies breaching employment law – MBIE
Labour inspectors say they’re disappointed how many staff working on the Christchurch rebuild are not being treated fairly by their bosses. Sixteen labour hire and construction companies have been found to have breached employment laws following audits by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Labour Inspectorate. Inspectors audited 40 Canterbury companies in the last six months and of the 23 audits now complete, 16 have breached employment laws. Most of the breaches related to incomplete employment agreements, unlawful deductions from wages and insufficient records, Labour Inspectorate southern region manager Steve Watson says. NZN
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Back then (2012)….

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 19:46 30/07/2012
Rebuild plan for Christchurch unveiled
By Lois Cairns
As many as 840 properties will need to be purchased to turn the Government’s plans for rebuilding Christchurch’s city centre into reality. The 100-day blueprint released by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) today outlines a bold plan to significantly shrink the size of the CBD by designating two strips of land – one in the east of the city and one in the south – as open spaces. These open spaces, along with the Avon River, which will be widened in stretches and developed into a riverside park, will serve to frame the new CBD, ensuring that all new development is concentrated within a tight geographic area.
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AJ Funnell Published on Jul 7, 2014

Christchurch Flyover
Christchurch’s new look city… The video says up to 10,000 people could be working within 300 metres of the city centre. Animation Research Ltd (ARL).

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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Ron Anderson: “It’s the most iconic stadium in New Zealand”

### ODT Online Sat, 8 May 2010
Firm revolutionised building industry
By John Lewis
“We started out with no clients and no income. All we had was a $200 typewriter and an office in the basement of a building in Clark St.” Arrow International Group Ltd’s beginnings in Dunedin 25 years ago were humble.
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No aspersions here

There are no aspersions whatsoever being cast on Ewan Soper or his executive work for the Carisbrook Stadium Trust by the two authors at What if?


Some call it a challenge but what a dreadful combination for a senior administrator to oversee in this next phase of stadium development: ensuring construction meets the completion deadline to secure the government’s $15M grant and a host of other complex requirements – with a case heading to the Court of Appeal in the preliminary period; and setting up a new events management business in a ‘too small’ town of competing and factional events and venues interests. OMG.

We know an early hearing at the Court of Appeal can be applied for, but what are the chances given the workloads of the Court.

Will the $15M offer of government funding to deadline be treated as a reason to move the Appeal up the priority list? We expect transparency and accountability from the Court around this – justice on the one hand and government pressure(?) on the other. Who wins? – and that’s before the appeal process itself gets under way.


In the global scheme of things, the Otago stadium can be seen as a relatively uncomplicated, low-value building. Is the CST job description likely to be solved by recruiting one individual? Or by utilising a tight team or partnership approach ‘at the top’?

DCC should be looking at Populous, formerly known as HOK Sport Venue Event (the firm rebranded recently). As we know, it’s one of the world’s leading design firms.

If Dunedin City Council wants the Otago stadium to actually work for its living, then the council shouldn’t go past recruiting from “the field” of proven experts it has an existing relationship with.

We know Populous costs, but so will getting it wrong by recruiting from anaerobic depths of the incompetence food chain.

Populous has some of the world’s finest and most experienced architects and event managers.

Populous is a global design practice specialising in creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences.

With clarity of vision and purpose, all of the people, portfolio, capabilities and expertise of the architectural firm formerly known as HOK Sport Venue Event continue as Populous.

Populous website
Earlier post: Who? HOK Sport

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