Construction & major projects

Providing the highest quality end-to-end service; from project inception to dispute resolution

With increased demand for construction across both private and public sectors over the last decade, industry participants must contend with limited resources and a constantly evolving procurement landscape. You can draw on our immense local and international construction and major projects experience to help make your project a success.  

We have worked on many of New Zealand’s most significant construction and major projects – across all sectors. We form an integral part of your project delivery team with our projects and dispute resolution experts. Our front-end experts are skilled at structuring procurements, drafting and negotiating contracts, conditions of tenders, forms of contract including templates, amendments/variations, and assisting with day-to-day project management. 

If disputes arise, our team includes back-end specialists with expertise bringing and defending variation, extension of time, disruption, and non-contractual claims, in adjudication, mediation, arbitration and court proceedings. Working alongside our clients we help to manage conflicts, mitigate damage and find solutions.

Procurement strategy and contracts

Our team of specialists can provide expertise across the full spectrum of 'front-end' construction work. This includes structuring a project, determining the best type of contract, conditions of tenders, forms of contract including templates, and amendments/variations.

Who can help

Fiona Bennett

Hamish Bolland

Matthew Carroll

Greg Wise

Kylie Mutch
Senior Associate

Rosa McPhee
Senior Solicitor

Llewellyn Teeling
Senior Solicitor

Dispute resolution services

Our dispute resolution specialists have expertise in bringing and defending Variation, extension of time, disruption, and non-contractual claims, in adjudication, mediation, arbitration and court proceedings. 

Who can help 

John McKay

Edward Scorgie

Geoff Carter
Special Counsel

Willie Hamilton
Senior Associate

Sam Holden
Senior Associate

Grace Rippingale
Senior Associate

Tom Richards
Senior Solicitor

Read more about our full expertise across a range of sectors.

Highlights of our recent experience

Health: advising the Ministry of Health on New Zealand's largest ever health facility construction programme worth between $2.5b and $3b (Burwood Hospital and Christchurch Hospital's Acute Services and Outpatients Building, Greymouth Hospital and Dunedin Hospital).

Renewables: advising Mercury on its new 222MW Turitea Wind Farm Project near Palmerston North – New Zealand’s largest renewable project.

Transport: advising Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on:

  • numerous large roading alliance projects including the Waterview Tunnel and Connection project, Auckland Northern Corridor Improvement project, Christchurch Northern Corridor project and North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery project, and
  • the Pūhoi to Warkworth Motorway PPP; including procurement of design, build, finance, operation and maintenance and acting as a key member of the Pūhoi to Warkworth Road PPP Procurement Alliance (True North).

Social housing: advising Auckland City Mission on its HomeGround project; Hobsonville Development Limited Partnership (a joint venture between Ngāi Tahu and NZ Super Fund) in relation to a large development at Hobsonville Point; Wellington City Council on its social housing projects; and The Wellington Company on its Kiwibuild projects.

Water: assisting Queenstown Lakes District Council on a fixed term contract for the operation, maintenance and management of its three waters, and on a Design, Build and Operate contract for its upgrade of the Shotover wastewater treatment plant.

Irrigation: assisting Crown Irrigation on all of its investments into irrigations schedules across New Zealand including Central Plains, Waimea Dam and Kurow-Duntroon.

Manufacturing: advising Fonterra on its various processing plants; Winstone Wallboards on the development of a new GIB production facility in Tauriko; and Ravensdown on its capital works projects.

Ports and airports: advising Eastland Port, Lyttelton Port and Napier Port on their respective wharf extensions, dredging projects and various commercial contracts; and advising Airways Corporation on its design, build and leasing arrangements for its Auckland head office constructed by Auckland International Airport and the front end construction arrangements for its multi-million dollar Wellington control ‘leaning’ tower.

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Our experience covers a broad range of sectors.

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