Construction site New Zealand The New Zealand Civil Construction space is in a very healthy state with infrastructure investment to grow to $28b annually by 2025.

On the back of record migration numbers and historically low investment in infrastructure projects there is significant catching up to do, in order to keep pace with our ever-growing population. With an estimated 500,000 new residents calling Auckland home by 2033 this is driving investment on major roading, rail, water and housing development projects.

Projects of note include the Central Rail Loop, which will involve twin 3.4km tunnels under the CBD connecting the existing rail network to suburban lines and allowing for greater frequency of services with an estimated cost of $3bn.

The Puhoi to Warkworth roading project north of Auckland is the first stage of the broader Roads of National Significance Programme to improve connections to the Upper North Island and is due to start construction early 2017.

The East West link in Auckland is currently at design stage with an estimated cost of up to $1.85b and Auckland Transport is currently investigating alternative transport options such as light rail which would greatly improve the image of Auckland as a truly international city. To accommodate this population growth there are also a number of large Greenfield housing developments around Auckland which is keeping many mid tier contractors extremely busy.
In the regions, the Hamilton Bypass project is well underway. This will provide greater transport links south of Auckland and in the Wellington region Transmission Gully while the MacKays to Peka Peka are greatly improving transport links to the central North Island; a long needed upgrade.

In the South Island there is still significant activity as part of the Christchurch rebuild following the 2011 earthquake, in addition is major road and water projects.

So it should come as no surprise that civil contractors are gearing up for a very busy period. There is demand for skilled Project Managers, Project & Site Engineers, Design Managers and Quantity Surveyors with infrastructure experience in roading, earthworks, rail and water projects. Those with New Zealand experience are highly sought after, but there is also demand for those with international experience that are looking to make New Zealand home.

Article written by Andrew Stevenson, Construction Consultant.

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