Join us for a FREE online lecture about our award-winning Christchurch Town Hall project!

   

Project Director Mark Browne, will be presenting a FREE online lecture to The Institution of Structural Engineers about how we used high end analysis to minimise the strengthening work required for the Christchurch Town Hall superstructure.

The lecture will be at 5am (NZST)
You can register for this free online lecture here: Christchurch Town Hall: repairing and strengthening an iconic heritage space – The Institution of Structural Engineers (istructe.org)

Need some great reasons to attend?
– This impressive Holmes Consulting project won the highly prestigious ‘Supreme Award’ at last year’s The Institution of Structural Engineers Structural Awards. As well as winning its category too – the ‘Structural Heritage Award’.

– Understand the challenges faced while restoring and repairing a heritage building in a highly seismic environment.

– Learn how Holmes assessed structural damage to buildings following significant earthquakes.

– Identify the analysis and design techniques employed to ensure understanding of the ground improved soil to structure overlap.

International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day 2022

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Going green – sustainability in engineering in NZ. An interview with Lisa Oliver, Project Director

Lisa Oliver, Project Director here at Holmes Consulting was recently interviewed by Kea New Zealand about her passion for mass timber design, her involvement in sustainability, and how NZ is well placed to lead the repurposing and strengthening of existing buildings.

‘For returning Kiwi with offshore experience in sustainability and design there has never been a better opportunity to bring those skills home and get involved in a wide variety of projects.’

Read her interesting insights and where structural engineering has taken her (and her family!) in the world here: Lisa’s Kea Interview

We’re the IStructE Supreme Award Winners for 2021

We’re the 2021 Supreme Award Winners for the highly coveted Structural Engineering Awards!

3D Cam view of the award winning Christchurch Town Hall.

It doesn’t get more prestigious than this!

Our entry won not only our category for ‘Structural Heritage’ but also the highly coveted and exclusive Supreme Award, at the 2021 Structural Awards by The Institution of Structural Engineers.

Established in 1968, the Structural Awards are the world’s leading awards for structural engineering excellence.

Winning both of these prestigious awards is an incredible achievement for everyone here at Holmes Consulting (NZ) who worked on this exciting but challenging project that won – The Christchurch Town Hall.

This conservation project demanded a full spectrum of technically complex structural and geotechnical solutions. Solving ground stabilisation issues and predicting the future performance of the structure and foundations were achieved through detailed analysis and intensive co-ordination between the geotechnical and structural engineers.

Complex analysis was employed to minimise the strengthening work required for the superstructure. The result preserves the original character and style of the building and protects the existing fabric – a positive both for sustainability and our client – Christchurch City Council.

The Judges commented, “This project is an excellent example of what structural engineers can bring to a devastated existing building. By understanding its behaviour and failure, the team was able to repair and preserve this important structure”.

Special thanks goes to our fantastic team of project partners as well:
Client: Christchurch City Council
Architect: WARREN AND MAHONEY
Principal Contractor: Hawkins
Commercial Manager: Rider Levett Bucknall
Geotechnical Engineer: Tonkin + Taylor
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
Fire Engineer: Holmes Fire

 

JUDGES’ COMMENT

Acclaimed for its architecture and acoustics, Christchurch Town Hall is a local landmark. Following devastating earthquakes in 2010 and  2011, the original building required significant structural repair and strengthening of the supporting foundations. This conservation project demanded a full spectrum of technically complex structural and geotechnical solutions. Ground stabilisation issues were solved and the future performance of the structure and foundations was predicted through detailed analysis and intensive co-ordination between the geotechnical and structural engineers. Complex analysis was employed to minimise the strengthening work required for the superstructure. The result preserves the original character and style of the building and protects the existing fabric – a positive both for sustainability and the client. This project is an excellent example of what structural engineers can bring to a devastated existing building. By understanding its  behaviour and failure, the team was able to repair and preserve this important structure.

 

View the full list of 2021 IStructE Award Winners here.

#flashbackfriday A gift of gratitude this holiday season

This festive season we’re reflecting back on the mahi our team did for Christchurch City Mission last year…

Thanking the people of Christchurch

Every year the Christchurch City Mission supports more than 50,000 people in the community. They offer food, shelter and training – but most importantly, they give people hope. To say thank you to the community for their generosity, the City Mission commissioned the design and build of a 10m tall steel and aluminium sculpture in downtown Christchurch.

Helping hand from all of Holmes

When the City Mission asked us to help out, it was an offer we couldn’t refuse! All our New Zealand subsidiaries (Holmes Consulting, Holmes Farsight, Holmes Fire and Holmes Solutions) pitched in to help design and build this incredible sculpture. With our combined engineering powers, we helped the City Mission bring their vision to life.

Our team of expert engineers and drafters were involved from first concept design, right through to final build and installation. The sculpture’s unique double helix shape means it is largely self-supporting; it’s also wind resistant, and has a concrete base to help stabilise the 10.7 -tonne sculpture.

The double helix is also a symbol of the journey a person takes as they are supported by the City Mission. They’re given the resources and care they need to rise above their dark times and achieve amazing things.

This project was completely funded by local businesses who sponsored the build in many ways. No money from general donations towards the City Mission was spent on it.

We love the work the City Mission does and their passion to make the world a better place one life at a time.

We were honoured to be part of this amazing project. Our donation to the City Mission (in time, money and manpower) was our holiday gift to our valued clients in 2020:

A gift of gratitude and hope for the future!

Commercial Bay wins Supreme Award at SESOC 2021

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