NZIA Local Architecture Awards for 2020

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:

Commercial Bay – one of our biggest projects yet!

Celebrating Commercial Bay, Retail Opening Day.

What does seven years of hard mahi from our talented team of engineering and drafting experts look like? Well, take a look for yourselves!

Over 76,000 hours were spent (and still counting, as the PWC Tower is soon to be open) by our Holmes Consulting team, working tirelessly over the past seven years with our client Precinct Properties to bring about one of the biggest landscape changes to Auckland (if not New Zealand’s) city skyline.

Our team were honoured to join Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, local Kaumātua, Precinct Properties’ CEO Scott Pritchard, our project partners, and other esteemed guests at the Commercial Bay Opening Day on Thursday, 11 June 2020.

[See above gallery] Here’s a little sneak peek of what we enjoyed on the day!

The importance of thinking ahead – why a holistic approach to civil engineering matters.

Holmes Consulting worked with the Christchurch International Airport infrastructure planning team and landscape architects to deliver the civil engineering works for the plaza between the international terminal and the new Novotel.

Our Principal, Civils – Andrea Jarvis wrote a great article about this project for Construction News, click this link to read it!

Good News Story – Adam runs 100 miles in Queenstown

How’s this for a good news story!

One of our Queenstown team members (Adam Carlson) had been building up to run a long race – when we say long, we don’t mean a marathon, we’re talking ultra-distance, don’t sleep, always keep moving kind of long. Unfortunately it, like many other events, got cancelled.

But Adam, had already done the hard yards of training and mental preparation – so he’d do what any great Holmes employee does, he engineered his own race!
So, on the weekend before any of us knew lockdown was coming, he set out on his epic run in the beautiful Queenstown Lakes District region.

How long you ask? Just a mere 161.3km and around 8,600m of vertical climbs around the hills and mountains. It took Adam, 29hrs and 20mins to conquer this amazing feat of endurance!

But when asked what he though was the best thing about such an incredible achievement? ‘It was the support I got from the people around me. And to be honest, (aside from my family) most of the people who supported me were those who work around me, five days a week’. Adam’s supportive family and friends came out on the weekend to meet him at what he described as the most ‘absurd places, to watch me shovel food or drink something (including even having a beer in Arrowtown!), and then carry on with my run’.

          

One friend, even went to the trouble of racing up the side of a mountain on his motorbike to see how Adam was getting on, out in the middle of nowhere! Plus, there was other friends and team members who came to join Adam on the run for some of the trail – helping keep him company and to check in on him.

Finally, when it came time to finish at the Queenstown lakefront, the whole support crew were there to cheer him to the end, and of course they had a bottle of Corona for Adam to celebrate with!

 

 

International Women’s Day 2020

To celebrate International Women’s Day

on the 8th of March, two of our talented engineering experts – Sulo Shanmuganathan and Holly Wright were interviewed by the NZ Herald.

Sulo is one of our Technical Directors here at Holmes Consulting, and is a vital part of our Civil Structures Team. Whilst Holly is a Design Engineer (in our Structures Team) working on large projects like the soon-to-be-completed Commercial Bay in Auckland.

Both women bring their experience and expertise for all things engineering to the team here at Holmes, and we’re thrilled they got to share a snippet of what their engineering journey has been like so far.

Read the full article on the NZ Herald here!

Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa – New MESH Sculpture unveiled in Hamilton.

  

Over the past 10 years, the Holmes Consulting team in Hamilton have been avid supporters of the MESH Sculpture Hamilton Charitable Trust. The trust are a group of business and community leaders passionate about their Waikato city and art. They commission nationally significant artworks through the generous donation of others, and then gift them to Hamilton city.

Ewan Opie, one of our Hamilton based Senior Project Drafters has been involved in the coordination and delivery of every single commissioned sculpture by MESH (there are currently four scattered around the city)- and has enjoyed seeing the Holmes Consulting team in Hamilton step-up to the challenge and become more involved in enhancing the local city’s urban landscape.

The latest sculpture Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa was officially unveiled on Monday, 9 December 2019, where local Iwi welcomed the trust members, project sponsors, and supporters onto the Victoria on the River park in Hamilton’s CBD. The chair of the MESH board made special mention of our involvement as a Principal sponsor and how Holmes Consulting’s meticulous attention to detail will enable such a striking sculpture to stand for generations to come. Ewan has worked closely with the artist, Prof. Robert Jahnke, to enable his vision to be realised.

This incredible art sculpture was gifted to and received by Hamilton Mayor, Paula Southgate, its name translates to ‘The Doorway of Hamilton’ – which its views perfectly capture!

Next time you’re passing through the Waikato we highly recommend you stop in and visit this newly installed art piece.

 

[Picture above L-R: A truck delivers the precious cargo to site; Dusk at Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa; The official unveiling ceremony].

Silo Park’s Rainbow Machine

Photo credit: Chillbox

“Through Auckland’s summer months just passed, Silo Park was home to a bright yellow machine that faced the sun and made rainbows, all without needing a single raindrop.”

Read more about the clever Holmes engineering behind the Rainbow Machine in Idealog.

Perry Bridge wins at Structural Awards 2018

The world’s finest examples of innovative structural engineering solutions were celebrated in London at the Institution of Structural Engineers – Structural Awards 2018. We’re beyond chuffed to be bringing home the Pedestrian Bridges award for our Perry Bridge project. This award is for excellence in the design of pedestrian and/or cycle bridges, or other lightweight bridge structures. Read more on the Perry Bridge here.  Or, check out  all the winners here.

Holmes Solutions designs world’s biggest catapult

Our colleagues over at Holmes Solutions have the best lives–smashing, bashing and crashing stuff in the name of science, with a side-serving of product invention and development. The Holmes Solutions team were the design geniuses behind the terrifying-yet-amazing AJ Hackett catapult. Take a look at this awesome clip – and don’t forget to give it a try when you’re down south.

Perry Bridge collects silver at ACENZ awards

 The awesome Perry Bridge, spanning 130m across the mighty Waikato River in Horotiu, has collected a silver award at ACENZ Innovate 2018. You can read more about the project and take a look at all of the winners right here.