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Preserving Heritage Buildings From Earthquake Damage

Nobody knows exactly how many buildings in New Zealand can be classed as earthquake risks, but there’s little doubt it’s a frightening number. Recent earthquakes have put the spotlight firmly on the safety of the country’s buildings, with owners and users alike concerned to understand how well they might perform in an earthquake, and what […]

Architect/Engineer collaboration

We were delighted to contribute to the recently published ‘Improving Collaboration Between Architects and Engineers’ paper. Working alongside great people from both camps, and the industry bodies that guide architecture and engineering firms in NZ, Holmes Consulting Group helped set out some practical guidelines for better collaboration. It’s an excellent (and brief!) paper that’s well […]

Taranaki’s Len Lye Centre comes to life

New Plymouth’s Len Lye Centre is a striking building housing the work of the late Len Lye, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists. The building itself is artistically expressive, with a unique stainless steel wave pattern creating a distinctive and compelling exterior. In behind the complex façade is some very clever engineering – large […]

Arts Centre rebuild in The Press, Christchurch

The Arts Centre rebuild is one of the world’s largest heritage projects, with a large number of buildings on a complex site. Holmes Consulting Group has a fulltime team based onsite at the Arts Centre, helping ensure the buildings are returned to their former glory, but with more robust and resilient support. You can read […]

Stranges building wins Supreme Award

The Stranges building, on the corner of Lichfield and High streets in Christchurch, has won the Supreme Award at this year’s Christchurch Civic Trust Awards. The building, one of the first to be completed in the inner city since the earthquakes, is a strong and compelling design from architects Sheppard and Rout – with structural […]

Leading the way with Revit

At the Revit conference in Melbourne earlier in the year, Holmes Consulting Group was delighted to win runner up in the Documentation category. Our Revit renders of Ratcliffe River House, Hamilton, scored well on their precision, innovation and presentation. The drafting team is looking forward to going one better next year!

Contract awarded for Transmission Gully

Holmes Consulting Group is pleased to confirm that the contract for the Transmission Gully project has been officially awarded. As part of the Wellington Gateway Partnership, we will handle the design, production, and construction monitoring of many of the project’s 28 bridges.

Longbush Ecosanctuary Welcome Shelter

Longbush Ecosanctuary is ‘an ark in the bush’ – a predator-controlled safe haven for New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Located just nine kilometres out on Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island, Longbush is home to some of the country’s most treasured plants and bird species. The regenerating native bush is alive […]

The Seismic Question

Holmes Consulting Group engineer Hamish McKenzie recently spent time with Colliers leasing specialist Phil Humphrey to help landlords get a handle on the new rules on seismic ratings, engineer reports and the question of %NBS. The result was published in the Colliers magazine Moving Times Wellington edition. Question: Wellington has always had to design for seismic […]