“Cancellation of major projects, delays in new projects coming to market and uncertainty about future transport funding are forcing the contracting sector to release skilled staff just at the point at which the Government wants to increase the speed and scale of construction,” says Stephen Selwood CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand.
“It is natural for infrastructure priorities to change with new leadership, but the scale of change in recent months combined with high uncertainty over future transport funding is having a particularly heavy effect on a sector under pressure from rising input costs.
“The Government’s desire to utilise private capital to facilitate infrastructure delivery is commendable, as are commitments to increase Crown capital investment from $32b to $42b over the next four years, but it’s the lack of “shovel-ready” projects which is the problem.
“Near-term cancellation of projects which the sector had anticipated getting underway shortly include the consented East-West Link, the Tauranga Northern Corridor, the Petone to Granada Link road and SH1 Cambridge to Piarere.
“Delays to the CRL and north-western busway as well as uncertainty for critical growth projects like the Mill Rd corridor in Auckland and safety projects like Otaki to Levin north of Wellington is compounding the issue.
“All up, a conservative figure of the total investment pushed out of the next four to five-year period is over $2 billion. That’s in the order of $400 million per annum taken out of the contracting sector.
“The industry cannot absorb that level of cost without rationalising staff and equipment – the same staff and equipment which we know are urgently needed today to deliver infrastructure for housing.
“While it is not the Government’s job to keep the construction industry busy, a committed pipeline of work is fundamental to the productivity of the sector, thereby delivering value for tax-payers.
“It is vital that near-term gaps in the project pipeline are not allowed to undermine the long term health and capacity of the construction sector.
“Australian investment in transport is set to double in the next couple of years. The big Aussie contractors will absorb all the available skills we have spent a decade building up, risking a repeat of the 2000s from which we’re still recovering.
“There are projects with consents ready to go, including Mill Rd and Penlink. These projects have very positive economic benefits and unlock land for housing. We know they are going to be delivered, they must be signed off.
“These are urgent issues and if left unattended will materially impact our ability to deliver infrastructure and home construction programmes,” Selwood says.
| A Infrastructure New Zealand release || march 20, 2018 |||
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Boon Edam Australia Managing Director, Mr Michael Fisher explained that the two companies will partner nationally in the sales, installation, maintenance and retrofit of Boon Edam’s entry technologies, which serve dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
According to Mr Fisher, Commercial and Industrial Doors is an acknowledged national leader in its field, being extensively involved with major private commercial and industrial clients, transport terminals and government agencies in access and security projects. The NZ company has worked on nationally important property and construction projects, including the post-earthquake rebuilding of Christchurch.
Boon Edam has also entered into an alliance with the Auto Ingress Group in Australia, complementing the Commercial and Industrial Doors partnership and extending their comprehensive installation and service capabilities on both sides of the Tasman.
Thanks to the new partnership with Commercial and Industrial Doors, Boon Edam benefits from expanded availability of 24/7 service and maintenance agreements for existing, new and retrofit installations of their technologies in public and private facilities, including office buildings, data centres, airports, healthcare facilities, shopping centres and retail outlets, major hotels, restaurants and national attractions visited by millions of people a year.
The tie-up will also make available a larger range of Boon Edam’s world-class architectural entrance and security solutions across the region, supported by 24/7 service from Commercial and Industrial Doors, which is already relied upon by some of New Zealand’s biggest banking, retail, food service, agribusiness, energy and construction businesses, as well as security-conscious government agencies.
Commercial and Industrial Doors’ local capabilities complement Boon Edam’s in-house expertise and direct links to their global portfolio of advanced entrance solutions. The partnership will ensure that existing and new clients of both companies throughout New Zealand benefit from greater on-the-ground expertise.
Commercial and Industrial Doors Director Mr Jeff Lee says that his company, like Boon Edam, prides itself on range, service and quality of work. Its installation and service team, which has a strong architectural core, deals with thousands of automatic doors, including custom-designed models. All operate in compliance with national health and safety standards, with IQP registration for the inspection, maintenance and reporting of automatic doors throughout New Zealand.
Observing that speed, security and quality of work were critical to customers’ business, he recalled how in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, people were extremely fearful of being trapped in buildings. Top priority was given to making sure all exit doors were clear and operational. During building assessments conducted after the earthquakes in abandoned offices, the importance of access and egress in emergency situations was obvious.
Commercial and Industrial Doors recently completed work on a new bus exchange, which has more than 50 auto sliders interfaced with the bus door control system to open and close as the bus doors are activated.
Mr Lee added:
“Commercial and industrial facilities rely on quick, easy access to and from buildings to keep people and processes moving and secure. Without easy, safe, fast access, business can grind to a halt. As with Boon Edam, we provide strong ongoing solutions in which customers can have confidence today and into the future.”
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