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Auckland Council gets ready for construction boom

10 December 2013

Auckland Council gets ready for construction boom

Auckland Council is gearing up to meet the demands of the biggest forecast construction boom in 40 years.

Responding to a joint government and industry report released today predicting an unprecedented increase in building activity over the next six years, Auckland Council’s Chief Operating Officer Dean Kimpton says the significance of its findings for Auckland are clear.

“The report identifies Auckland as one of New Zealand’s ‘construction hot spots’, with around a third of building work predicted to take place here. Much of this is driven by the forecast that Auckland’s residential housing demand will more than double. This is consistent with the projected population growth of Auckland over the next 30 years,” says Mr Kimpton.

“We are already building capacity in our building and resource consent units and working more efficiently, such as by introducing fast-track processing so straight-forward consents are dealt with in 10 days. We will use the findings to ensure our regulatory teams are structured to meet demand and that we are investing in graduate employment schemes and cadetships to continue to deliver a timely regulatory application process.”

The National Construction Pipeline Report was commissioned by the Building and Construction Productivity Partnership and brings together economic forecasts and data from the public and private sectors on their forward construction workload.

“It is essential that Auckland Council and its council controlled organisations (CCOs) work closely with government and the private sector to deliver its own infrastructure. We must also continue to provide a clear vision for future growth and support this forecast increase through our approvals process,” says Mr Kimpton.

The newly established Housing Project Office is one example of Auckland Council’s coordinated response to meet demand for regulatory building approvals. It brings together representatives from council’s building and resource consent, planning, stormwater, libraries and parks units, Auckland Transport (AT) and Watercare, along with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), to provide a coordinated response to deliver high-quality housing and neighbourhoods.

Auckland Council is also contributing to the research needed to understand market demand and working closely with MBIE and the Productivity Partnership to streamline procurement processes.

Mr Kimpton also chairs the Auckland Procurement Forum, a group working across both public and private sectors to better understand the forward pipeline of infrastructure work and how procurement processes can be improved.

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