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.

Majestic Centre in the news

Following our commendations in the Institute of Structural Engineers’ annual awards, the local media picked up the story and presented a feature on the Majestic Centre’s amazing engineering. You can read the article here.

Arts Centre wins UNESCO award

More good news for Holmes and the many people around the business who have contributed to the restoration of the Arts Centre. The Great Hall and Clock Tower have received the Award of Merit in the prestigious UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. It’s only the fourth time New Zealand buildings have been recognised in these awards, so it’s a huge (and rare) achievement. Here’s the Arts Centre’s press release on the award: www.artscentre.org.nz/events/u…


Justice Precinct opens

We’re delighted that the Justice and Emergency Precinct in Christchurch is now open – a stunning building with some truly amazing seismic engineering. If you’re interested in the story of the precinct, take a look at this short video explaining some of the features of this exceptional project. 

Holmes claims gold in the ACENZ Awards

We entered four of our Holmes projects in the ACENZ Innovate Awards this year, and we were lucky enough to collect four awards. Len Lye got a merit award, Aurora and Majestic both got silver, and the Arts Centre of Christchurch scored gold (one of just five golds awarded nationwide).

Bridge launch

An exciting – and slightly nerve-wracking – bridge launch. Here’s the Perry Cycle Bridge (Horotiu) setting off on its 130 metre journey across the mighty Waikato.  A vital link in the Te Awa Great NZ River Ride, and a brilliant project to be part of.

Holmes Consulting on Auckland Airport Consortium

Legend has it that Holmes Consulting once owned a Cessna, used to get around the offices back in the day. Those times are over, but we still love aviation and infrastructure – that’s why we’re so excited to be part of the consortium selected to deliver the Auckland Airport development. Looking forward to working with Mott MacDonald, Grimshaw, Architectus and Holmes Fire. Check it out here.



len-lye-centre2We’ve got brilliant lives at Holmes. Together, we’re working with great people on some of the country’s most interesting and challenging projects, with plenty of fun along the way.

You can find out more about Life@Holmes right here.

New cycle bridge – Horitiu

bridging-2We’ve played a part in this exciting suspension bridge project, which will allow cyclists to cross the mighty Waikato. This bridge is part of the Te Awa Great New Zealand River ride – and one of the country’s most celebrated cyclists can’t wait to give it a go. You can read more here.

Seismic Engineering education in the UK

Joe-WhiteJoe White, from our Netherlands office, outlines the case for more seismic engineering education for undergraduates in the UK. This article featured in The Structural Engineer – the publication of the Institution of Structural Engineers. The Structural Engineer – Joe White article.