The demise of certain high-profile large construction projects was one of the talking points in the media in the second half of 2017. Is there a race to the bottom mentality in securing large government contracts and equally is too much risk and uncertainty being placed on the head contractor?
Are clients asking too much of head contractors and all the suppliers in the supply chain? Conversely are head contractors over promising? This is not just an issue for New Zealand. Carrillion’s collapse in the UK has highlighted shortcomings in how procurement is managed there too.
Operating in the building and construction industry can be fraught with difficulty and uncertainty at the best of times. The Chair of one of New Zealand’s largest construction company is saying that building during a boom is difficult. If that is the case, then how can building companies possibly survive when there is a downturn in the market?
To make matters worse is the skills shortage in New Zealand. Part of the problem is that a career in building and construction is not thought of or promoted enough as a desirable career option. The sector continues to grapple with how exactly we attract the best and brightest to a career in building and construction.
It is perhaps alarmist but is New Zealand’s construction sector at a cross roads or even crisis point? Why is it that some projects run into issues while others do not?
New Zealand is about to embark on the largest building programme in its history. The Government has set itself a target of building on average 100,000 homes over the next 10 years. Some it is too ambitious while others say it is not ambitious enough.
Constructive 2018 will provide the platform for a frank conversation about the state of the sector. The all of industry conference is an opportunity to identify what the sector can do right now to strengthen the sector. It is also chance to lay the ground work for what will the sector need to look like in 5, 10, 20 years if it is to deliver New Zealand’s building and construction needs.
This session will cover:
* Views from the Government and the opposition
* Insights into the State of the Sector
* Best Practice in action
* Transformation in action
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