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Rapid Mobilisation Playbook, New Zealand

Aurecon assists the New Zealand government to develop a toolkit for accelerating delivery of construction projects

Like all countries around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected New Zealand’s economic resilience and the intergenerational well-being of its population.

As part of its response to the pandemic, the New Zealand government, through the Construction Sector Accord, brought together leaders from across the sector to develop a Rapid Mobilisation Playbook for infrastructure projects, to provide job opportunities and positively impact society, the economy and the environment as the country focuses on recovery.

Aurecon drew on its experience in fast-tracking projects and programmes to develop the Rapid Mobilisation Playbook with the government and industry stakeholders. It contains practical tools and guidelines to assist local and central government organisations to prepare projects to ‘shovel-ready’ stage by: 

  • Faster removal of barriers to reach the construction start line quickly
  • Meaningfully protecting jobs, supporting skills development, retaining skills in the sector, investing wisely for the future and supporting the goals of the Construction Sector Accord
  • Protecting workers and enabling healthy markets in the medium and longer term 

The importance of incorporating stakeholder engagement in the development of the Rapid Mobilisation Playbook cannot be understated. By facilitating open discussions with stakeholders, Aurecon was able to curate their feedback to shape and inform the published playbook. 

The playbook is primarily focused on assisting small to medium organisations and project teams that are generally not involved in large-scale projects, to help accelerate project timeframes and ensure that government construction projects can lend support to New Zealand’s recovery from COVID-19.

Practical advice is provided on: 

  • Paralleling and accelerating stages in the mobilisation process
  • Best practice governance arrangements to protect processes
  • Which procurement and delivery models to consider (in line with Construction Procurement Guidelines)
  • The trade-offs and risk management implications of moving quickly through project phases

The infrastructure projects intended to support the country’s economic recovery have the potential to create jobs, develop skills, unlock opportunities for businesses, support communities and enhance the built environment for a sustainable and inclusive future.

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