First glimpse at the Concept Design for the Christ Church Cathedral.

Newly released Concept Design video shows the impressive Cathedral being reincarnated in all its glory.

Video credit: Warren and Mahoney.

Yesterday morning was a momentous occasion for the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project as they showcased the Concept Design for the reinstated Cathedral and its supporting buildings that will make up the ‘Cathedral Quarter’ in downtown Christchurch (watch the video to view the design).

The design shows the plan for the Anglican Cathedral and its supporting buildings that will make up the ‘Cathedral Quarter’, designed by Warren and Mahoney in association with Snøhetta Architects and Salmond Reed.

Our team here at Holmes Consulting is incredibly proud to be part of this important rebuild project and are incredibly impressed by team we’re collaborating with on this exciting project!

Watch this space for more information, photos, and behind the scenes from the team here at Holmes.

We’re Finalists in the 2020 ACE Awards!

ACE New Zealand have just announced the 2020 ACE Award finalists, and Holmes Consulting (along with Tonkin + Taylor) have been nominated!

The ACE Awards celebrate the excellent work consultants and engineers do to create vibrant and sustainable outcomes for communities in Aotearoa. This year the judges were enthusiastic about the standard of the submissions received, which resulted in a robust debate over the merits of the projects submitted.

Congratulations to all of the nominated finalists:
• AECOM for Christchurch City Council – Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub
• Auckland Harbour Bridge Alliance composed of Beca, WSP, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Fulton Hogan, and SRG Global for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency – Auckland Harbour Bridge Lighting Replacement
• Aurecon for Fulton Hogan and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency – Taipa Bridge
• Beca for Transpower – Bunnythorpe to Haywards Reconductoring Project
• Beca and WSP for Christchurch City Council – Dudley Creek Flood Remediation
• Dunning Thornton for Nelson Airport – Nelson Airport Terminal
• Good Earth Matters for Environment Canterbury Regional Council – Waimakariri River Flood Protection Project Delivery
Holmes Consulting and Tonkin + Taylor for Christchurch City Council – Christchurch Town Hall
• Jacobs for Downer New Zealand and Ōtākaro – Avon River Precinct Stormwater Design
• Jacobs and WSP for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency – Waikato Expressway, Huntly Section
• MRCagney for Auckland Council – Access for Everyone
• Pattle Delamore for New Zealand Defence Force – PFAS Investigation Programme
• Riley Consultants for Cappella Limited and Kauri Landing Property – Squeezing Time – An Elegant Geotechnical Solution
• Ruamoko Solutions for LeoLabs – LeoLabs Kiwi Space Radar Structure
• Stantec for Auckland Transport – Franklin Road Upgrade
• Stantec for Wellington Water – Visual Property Assessment Tool
• WSP for Auckland Transport – Auckland Transport Road Safety Programme Business Case

ACE NZ Chief Executive Resigns

This afternoon Chief Executive Paul Evans resigned from his role with ACE New Zealand.

ACE New Zealand President, Ian Fraser, sent an email to all ACE NZ members and subscribers this afternoon to let them know Paul had resigned to focus on spending more time with his family.

Ian assured “there will be a significant transition period of at least three months (and longer if required) to enable the ACE NZ Board to recruit a replacement Chief Executive while ensuring continuity of both our short and longer-term work programmes”.


News: Transparency and certainty needed to close NZ $75 billion infrastructure deficit in NZ

ACE NZ release new report ‘Infrastructure for the long haul – A need for transparency and durability’.

Read the full report here.

Closing the ‘aspiration gap’

You might have heard about the ‘gender pay gap’ but what about the gender ‘aspiration gap’?


Our very own Dani Paxson, Project Director here at Holmes Consulting (NZ), was interviewed this morning by Radio New Zealand‘s talented Kathryn Ryan for the ‘Nine to Noon’ radio show.

Listen to Dani‘s informative, interesting, and on-trend topic interview via the link below:


Government Announces the Shovel-Ready Projects

What does shovel-ready mean?

On the 18th of August 2020 the government announced 147 shovel-ready projects with a total funding value of NZ $2.3 billion. This comprehensive list of  projects was release by the Infrastructure Industry Reference Group and are considered ‘shovel-ready’, but what does that mean?

All shovel-ready projects are physical works that are able to start within a year– this means these projects are not new initiatives, instead they’re projects already conceived that have now been given an extra boost to get going.

Download the full pdf list here.

Read more in-depth about the shovel-ready projects here.

Final piece of the puzzle!

PwC Tower officially open for business!

Monday, 27 July 2020 was a momentous occasion for us here at Holmes, as we celebrated the opening of the PwC Tower (part of our project at Commercial Bay).

PwC, the main tenants of this incredible structure occupy six floors within the tower, with their open flowing space for their 900-strong Auckland based team being expertly designed by the talented team at Warren and Mahoney.

Standing at 180m tall the tower has been bestowed the name Te Toki i te Rangi (The Blade in the sky) by the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, who officially blessed the tower before PwC New Zealand and fellow tenants Jarden could move in yesterday morning.

The NZ $1 billion dollar Commercial Bay development, which incorporates the new PwC Tower, also integrates with the nearby existing structures: HSBC House, AMP Centre, the former PwC Tower on Quay Street, and Jarden House. Plus, the project also straddles the two newly constructed City Rail Link (CRL) tunnels. Collectively, all these sites welcome nearly 10,000 workers a day into their offices – revitalising the commercial hub and transforming downtown Auckland.

Holmes Consulting is incredibly proud to be part of building this legacy in Auckland, along with our numerous project partners, and we hope the new tenants enjoy their stunning new offices!