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Fletcher Construction to manage repair of Canterbury homes

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Wellington, Oct 15 NZPA - Fletcher Construction said the contract to manage the repair of more than 50,000 properties damaged in the Canterbury earthquake is the biggest job it has had in New Zealand its 101 year history.

The Fletcher Building Ltd subsidiary has been selected to manage the Earthquake Commission's Canterbury earthquake project management office. The office will coordinate and manage building repairs costing between $10,000 and $100,000. The project management approach is designed to help the EQC control costs and reduce the risk of "cowboy" operators.

Claims for damage above EQC's cap of $100,000 plus goods and services tax will be handled by commercial insurers in accordance with their policies.

Fletcher Construction was appointed following a tender process. The company would act as the commission's agent to deliver the rebuilding programme after the early September quake, Fletcher Building said today.

"I'm confident Cantabrians will benefit from the strength of a major construction firm managing the process, while local builders will get a fair share of the work," Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said.

Fletcher Construction chief executive Mark Binns said the work to be done was likely to be worth more than $1.2 billion but the company did not know the exact amount yet.

"The priority is to use local people. We have been talking to master builders and certified builders and other people in the industry and there is a belief there is enough trades people in the Christchurch area to do all the work."

Radio New Zealand reported that 400 jobs would be created to do the work.

The company would evaluate resource requirements and make sure there were not any "pinch points" in selected trades areas.

The job was not technically challenging, rather it was an excercise in managing more than 50,000 jobs.

"In collection it is the biggest job that Fletcher Construction has ever done in New Zealand," he said.

"It is an iconic job and it is not all that far away from where Fletchers began in Dunedin 101 years ago," he said.

The Fletcher Construction team will meet the commission's team in Christchurch today for an initial briefing. Work on establishing systems and setting priorities will start on Monday.

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