Building a better future key to new partnership

General News

Jul 21, 2021

The announcement of a three-year partnership with AUT’s School of Future Environments signals the cultural shift needed in the industry as it adapts for a changing world, Fletcher Construction Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.

The 112-year old New Zealand construction icon has partnered with the year-old multidisciplinary school to ensure collaboration between architecture, engineering, construction management and creative technologies is at the heart of how New Zealand builds for the future, he says.

“Fletcher has established the inaugural Chair of Future Environments to tackle head on the challenges facing New Zealand which will require a new way of working to achieve a more sustainable future. AUT is the first university to bring all of these disciplines together for an aligned  view of why and how we operate. That’s a vision we wanted to be part of.”

The new Fletcher Chair, Professor Charles Walker, says the challenges facing the industry require  greater collaboration and a common language between construction professionals. “When we established the School we purposefully brought together disciplines that have historically not worked together. The reality is that to achieve a more sustainable future, we need to change the way we think about the design and construction of our future environments.”

Students, academics and Fletcher practitioners will share learning experiences around design, sustainability, resource management and future trends. For Fletcher, AUT will provide a key talent pipeline and the ability to provide an industry viewpoint on the school’s curriculum.

“As an industry we have been slow to adapt to change and disruption. We have been risk averse,” says Peter. “But as construction employs 10% of all New Zealand workers and contributes 6% of GDP, that has to change. The world is changing and we need to too.”

Fletcher Construction’s purpose – We Make Places Better for Generations to Come – marries perfectly with the School’s vision Huri Te Ao, or change the world, says Peter. “To do that we need to change the way we work and learn.

“Over the years Fletcher has built a lot of AUT’s campus. Now together we are helping build the workforce of the future.”

For more information ph Sarah Stuart 021 684 564.