Assessing the strength of the portfolio for Precinct Properties NZ

anz-panorama-1The Chairman of Precinct Properties NZ Ltd (formerly AMP NZ Office Limited), Craig Stobo, gave a strong feel for the approach of the recently renamed company at its annual meeting in Wellington yesterday. Writer Bob Dey of the Bob Dey Report gives a detailed report of the exciting developments that Precinct Properties NZ Ltd have undertaken.

On the matter of Holmes Consulting Group’s engagement as engineering advisor Mr. Stobo had this to say: Read more

Exquisite Care

isaac-theatre-royal-1As restoration work continues at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal, its famous painted ceiling dome has been removed for preservation.

A specialised lifting apparatus to carefully lower the eight-tonne dome to a secure position in the stage area has been designed by a team from Naylor Love, the project manager RCP, structural engineers Holmes Consulting and Smith Crane and Construction. Read more

MOTAT Aviation Display Hall wins at the New Zealand Timber Design Awards

MOTAT-Innovative-use-of-Wood-1The new Aviation Display Hall at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) was a winner in the Sustainability and Clever Solutions categories and was Highly Commended in the Commercial Engineering Excellence category.

The new Aviation Display Hall was created to show the extensive collection of historical aircraft that the museum houses.  The project was constructed of Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) a manufactured wood product that has the strength to compete with steel and the warmth and sustainability of wood. Read more

Teamwork creates a statement for Christchurch

Warren-Mahoney-Boffa-Miskell-Team-Christchurch-BridgeThe Memorial Avenue Bridge Competition winners were the Boffa Miskell-led team of Warren & Mahoney and Holmes Consulting Group. This beautiful structure offers a strong visual statement as the gateway to Christchurch and the South Island.

Our winning design was chosen from five selected entries through a design competition conducted by NZTA, Christchurch City Council and Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) looking for a statement gateway bridge.

The Viaduct Events Centre is now open!

The exciting new addition to the Auckland waterfront is now open! The glass Viaduct Events Centre has featured prominently in New Zealand Fashion Week, The International Boat Show as well as the Rugby World Cup celebrations. Read more

Q for Auckland

Q Theatre opened this weekend with a special ‘open’ day for Aucklanders to come and see the newest addition to the theatre scene in Auckland. The new performance art space is located next to Auckland Town Hall.

The project consisted of a refurbishment and a new build theatre that can accommodate up to 450 theatre-goers. It has taken some time to complete, but the results are worth it. From the new precast concrete cladding to the lovely interior which combines new elements with as much of the historical elements as possible, it is a great example of how a refurbishment ought to look.

Answers to critical questions about buildings

earthquake-analysis-22Feb-ChristchurchToday a fact sheet on the Canterbury Earthquakes was released by a cadre of scientific and technical organisations in New Zealand. The fact sheet is meant to clarify terms and issues around building performance in earthquakes.

The professional organisations are IPENZ, SESOC, the New Zealand Geotechnical Society Inc, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering and the Royal Society of New Zealand. Read more

Strengthening the Christchurch Arts Centre against Earthquakes

By Juanita Copeland, TV 3 News

One of the biggest repair jobs after the Christchurch earthquake is to fix a heavy stone turret at the Arts Centre, which suffered $25 million worth of damage. Today a crane lowered the turret to the ground where it will undergo repairs that could last well into 2012.

From before dawn a team of structural engineers bolted, tweaked, checked and double checked the turret. Then, six hours later, two sections of the 128-year-old stone structure parted and a 100 tonne crane lowered it to the ground.

“We haven’t got much room to spare up there, everything’s within a few millimetres of where it has to be,” says John Hare, of the Holmes Consulting Group. Read more

A big win for New Zealand structural engineering

Interior-Dome-Supreme-Court-IStructEHolmes Consulting Group has won the prestigious international 2010 Structural Award in the Heritage category from the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in London

The award-winning project was the structural design of the new Supreme Court of New Zealand and the simultaneous seismic retrofit of the Old High Court.

“The protection of the old High Court building and its architectural heritage, particularly in Wellington, is an achievement that all those involved can be proud of. It also ensures that the building’s association with New Zealand’s legal history will continue well into the future,” Ministry of Justice Assistant Deputy Secretary (Courts) Andrew Hampton says. Read more