Kiwi ingenuity alive and well in the Naki

Only in Taranaki would you find old drill pipe, previously used in oil and gas programmes, being used as the foundations for two houses in suburban New Plymouth. The two Tukapa St sections in the city suburb of Westown had been vacant for several years but Brian Martin Contracting Ltd recently moved a pile driving…

Balancing risk and reward in the tender phase of design-construct contracts: How to have a successful experience with your design consultant.

  by Stuart Tucker, GM of civil infrastructure at Beca I’ve spent about 20 years working in design-construct contracts of one form or another, mostly in the tender and early delivery phases of large infrastructure projects. While I’ve seen plenty of changes to how professional services are procured and delivered for this work, two aspects…

2016 Contractor Perspectives

In January 2015 we launched a new product; Contractor ‘Perspectives’. The product was written by industry leaders and provided an in-depth look at the past 2014 year, predictions and a wish list for the 2015 year across various industry sectors. Government departments and agencies, industry associations, and the heads of specialist services contributed their thoughts on…

Growing Great Leaders

  A new leadership and development strategy is enabling McConnell Dowell to grow its next generation of managers and supervisors. The initiative recently launched in Auckland with a programme for leading hands and supervisors, which led to a First Line Management Level 3 qualification. Following the success of the pilot, it is anticipated that further…