Here at Holmes we work collaboratively with a lot of different project partners…
…from architects to construction companies, project management firms, property developers, other engineering services, and more!
The Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) is a membership-based professional organisation who represent registered architects and promote architecture in Aotearoa. They have close to 4,000 members and are NZ’s most highly regarded professional body for architects. That’s why their Local Architecture Awards, which honour the best new architecture in each of the NZIA’s eight regional branches, are such a high-profile event every year!
The Local Architecture Awards honour quality new architecture at a community level. Run by the eight branches of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), the awards receive more than 400 entries each year.
This year, we’re proud to celebrate the success of our project partners for the following Holmes Consulting projects who all won NZIA Local Architecture Awards this year:
- All Souls Anglican Church, Merivale (Christchuch), project partners Warren and Mahoney
- Christchurch Town Hall (Christchurch), project partners Warren and Mahoney
- Cashmere High School’s – McCombs Preforming Arts Centre (Christchurch), project partners Athfield Architects Limited
- Paragon Apartments (Christchurch), project partners Sheppard & Rout Architects Ltd
- University of Canterbury – Electrical Link Building Re-clad, project partners Warren and Mahoney
- Toitoi: Hawke’s Bay Opera House (Hastings), project partners Dave Pearson Architects Limited
Last week the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson was honoured to be awarded the 2019 Pixel Medium Venue of the Year at the EVANZ (Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand)
The Nelson Trafalgar Centre was an interesting project for Holmes Consulting, as we were asked to assess both the 1970s ‘Main Hall’ building and the more modern ‘Southern Extension’ built in 2005. Both required seismic strengthening which Holmes designed in 2015 and then carried out the work between 2015-2016. Among the challenges for building was accommodating the Nelson Giants basketball team for a season in the midst of construction.
The Main Hall is quite a cool space with timber glue laminated arches which Holmes then added steel to for support, creating an aesthetically pleasing result for the client. We added some buckling restrained braces to the sides of the building, roof bracing, and also improved the foundations.
Their recent win adds to the venues collection of accolades, after the architects [Irving Smith Architects] won a Public Architecture Award for the Centre last year.
The inaugural winners of Engineering New Zealand’s inaugural industry awards, the ENVIs, were announced at the start of this month. Congratulations to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and KiwiRail who set up the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) Alliance with Fulton Hogan, Downer, Higgins, and HEB Construction for taking out the ‘Engineering Impact Award’ for their efforts in the Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery.
The judges commended NCTIR on its efforts to rebuild, stating it ‘set the standard for how we [New Zealand] need to mobilise as a country following a natural disaster’.
[Image credit: Engineering New Zealand, 2019 ENVI Awards Night].
Chris Mackenzie, from Holmes Consulting, was recognised last Friday evening for his contribution as an engineer, with over 30 years of public and private sector experience, as well as for his vast contribution to the Property Council New Zealand and wider industry by winning the prestigious JLL ‘Property Professional of the Year’ Award.
Chris is recognised both as an industry professional and generous volunteer, with judges calling him a “consummate and humble professional who is highly recognised in his field and is extraordinarily generous with his voluntary time to assist our property industry.”
Humble as ever, Chris has credited the recognition behind this award as “due to the achievements of the teams he has been privileged to be part of at Holmes, and with the PCNZ”. Congratulations Chris!
We’re proud to be part of the brilliant teams that delivered two of the winning projects at the Steel Construction New Zealand Awards! The awesome Viaduct Events Centre refurbishment transformed the facility into the Emirates Team New Zealand Base—go Team NZ! The Cambridge Pipe Bridge over the Waikato river has added an important new piece of infrastructure to the region—with no less than five cranes on site to swing the sections into place. Two very different projects with some clever engineering on show … we’re still celebrating!
At last week’s Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC) Awards, our Holmes Group CEO, John Hare, received the President’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the New Zealand Structural Engineering profession. Well done, John! A very well-deserved acknowledgment of your tremendous dedication to our industry.
A great outcome at the SESOC Awards for Structural Engineering Excellence 2019. Perry Bridge swept up two of the four project categories—taking both the Infrastructure Award and the Small Projects Award. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project.
The INNOVATE NZ Awards of Excellence, run by ACENZ, were held in Christchurch earlier this month—and we’re proud to have taken away a Silver Award of Excellence for the Rehua building at the University of Canterbury. Congratulations to everyone involved.