Work on the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery is well underway, and it’s exciting to see the walls go up on one of New Zealand’s most challenging and complex commercial builds. Trigg Construction is the main contractor for the project, and MD Darrell Trigg says, “It’s an amazing thing to be part of as everything is bespoke, no two details are allowed to be the same, and every window in the building is a different shape and size, but I’m proud to say that the Trigg team are once again proving up to the challenge”.
As of 1 October this year, the Government has ditched its ‘‘lowest price’’ procurement model for construction contracts. The new guidelines –mandatory for 130 government agencies – set out a broader set of considerations for multi-million dollar government contracts which consider the financial health of the construction company, the health and safety of workers and the environmental health of the building. We think this approach will drive far better outcomes for everyone – the Government, industry and the taxpayer.
Darrell and Marlene are huge supporters of a whole range of community causes and organisations, but stair climbing is one that’s a family affair. Marlene regularly completes Stadium Stomps and Darrell, Chief Fire Officer of the Ruakaka Volunteer Fire Brigade, participates in Firefighter Stair Climbs.
There is a lot of information at the moment highlighting the issue of mental health and well-being in many industries but, in particular, the construction sector.
The recent scoping study report by BRANZ on mental health in the construction industry highlighted the fact that “6.9% of all employed male suicides in New Zealand are committed by members from the construction industry workforce”, the highest of any industry in this country.
There is a lot of discussion currently about risk in the industry. Who should bear risk? What is risk and what effect does it have on contractors’ ability to meet their obligations to the contract they have with their client?