A big win for New Zealand structural engineering

Interior-Dome-Supreme-Court-IStructEHolmes Consulting Group has won the prestigious international 2010 Structural Award in the Heritage category from the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in London

The award-winning project was the structural design of the new Supreme Court of New Zealand and the simultaneous seismic retrofit of the Old High Court.

“The protection of the old High Court building and its architectural heritage, particularly in Wellington, is an achievement that all those involved can be proud of. It also ensures that the building’s association with New Zealand’s legal history will continue well into the future,” Ministry of Justice Assistant Deputy Secretary (Courts) Andrew Hampton says.

Project Manager Eva Cuttriss says “It was fantastic to be part of this unique and complex project. The two discrete parts of this project each required careful attention to detail to achieve such a high degree of finish.

This award recognises the hard work by our design team to ensure the heritage features of the Old High Court building have been maintained whilst ensuring the seismic protection of the building for future generations.”

Established in 1968, the Structural Awards recognise and reward the work of the world’s most talented structural designers, their indispensable contribution to the built environment and showcase projects that lead the industry’s development.

The Institution of Structural Engineers has 23,000 members in 105 countries. Their comment about the project: “The structural engineering provided an intelligent and sensitive response to the brief.” (www.istructe.org)

Wellington Business Manager Hamish McKenzie notes: “We are delighted to win this prestigious international award for our Structural Design of the Supreme Court of New Zealand project. It’s a fitting recognition of the dedication of the entire project team including Warren and Mahoney Architects, The Building Intelligence Group, Norman Disney Young and Mainzeal Construction.

The award highlights our expertise in sophisticated seismic analysis and the strengthening and base isolation of heritage buildings. It is extremely pleasing to see this expertise recognised on the world stage.”