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Survey Shows Construction Progress

This is an informative publication, sponsored by The Fiji Sun, Fiji Bureau of Statistics and HFC Bank. All views expressed or implied are purely of the Treasurer at the HFC
22 Apr 2017 11:00
Survey Shows Construction Progress
Peter Fuata.

This is an informative publication, sponsored by The Fiji Sun, Fiji Bureau of Statistics and HFC Bank. All views expressed or implied are purely of the Treasurer at the HFC Bank, Peter Fuata.

 

The Quarterly Construction Survey covers work carried out by all registered private building and civil works contractors for both the private and the general Government. It provides us with a short term indicator of the sectors performance.

Total estimated value of work put in place was $131.0 million for the September quarter of 2016. When compared to the June quarter of 2016, it was up by 3.5 percent ($4.4 million).

When compared to the same period the previous year it was up by 10.8 percent ($12.8 million).

 

Value of Work Done for Private Sector and General Government

From the total estimated value of $131.0 million, for work done in the September quarter of 2016: 58.9 percent was in the Private Sector which was up by 8.3 percent ($5.9 million) when compared to June quarter of 2016 and 16.5 percent ($10.9 million) when compared to September quarter of 2015. 41.2 percent was in the General Government which was down by 2.7 percent ($1.5 million) when compared to June quarter of 2016 but saw an increase of 3.6 percent ($1.9 million) when compared to September quarter of 2015.

Value of Work Done for New Building, Current Repairs and Maintenance and Civil Engineering

 

From the total estimated value of $131.0 million, for work done in the September quarter of 2016:

n New Building and Capital Repairs accounted for 49.8 percent

nTotal value of New Buildings and Capital Repairs was up by 4.9 percent ($3.0 million) when compared to June quarter 2016 and 30.7 percent ($15.3 million) when compared to September quarter 2016.

n Current Repairs and Maintenance accounted for 7.3 percent

n Total value of Current Repairs and Maintenance was up by 16.0 percent ($1.3 million) compared to June quarter of 2016 and 16.2 percent ($1.4 million) when compared to September quarter of 2016

n Civil Engineering Works accounted for 42.9 percent

n Total value of Civil Engineering Works was up by 0.1 percent ($0.7 million) compared to June quarter of 2016 whereas a decline of 6.4 percent ($3.9 million) when compared to September quarter of 2015.

 

To obtain a construction permit in order to build, the following steps can be followed;

  1. Obtain project pre-approval from the National Fire Authority
  2. Obtain project pre-approval from the Department of Occupational Health and safety
  3. Obtain project pre-approval from the Water Authority of Fiji
  4. Request and obtain development permission from the Suva City Council (SCC)
  5. Request and obtain building permit with the SCC
  6. Submit the EIA screening application to the Department of Environment
  7. Notify the Engineering Department about the setup of the structure and receive inspection
  8. Notify the Engineering Department about completion of the roof and receive inspection
  9. Notify the Engineering Department about completion of the project and receive inspection
  10. Receive final inspection from National Fire Authority
  11. Receive plumbing and sanitary inspection from Water Authority of Fiji
  12. Obtain water and sewage connection from Water Authority of Fiji.

The major contribution to the increase in value of work done for September 2016 quarter came from new building and capital repairs which accounted for 49.8 percent of total value work done saw an increase from previous June 2016 quarter and the same period the previous year.

The gradual increase of value of work put in place in the quarters of 2016 highlights a strong performance in both the private and public sectors.

Albeit a minor dip during March quarter of 2016 due to cyclone Winston, the economic performance has picked up and looks to keep improving according to historical data.

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