Hamish Nevile on quality assurance

Hamish Nevile CEO

In this article, Holmes Consulting CEO, Hamish Nevile, talks about managing quality in a tough construction market. Join the conversation here.

Latest earthquake-resilient building design put to test

New Zealand’s latest earthquake-resilient building design has been put to the test on one of the world’s largest shake tables, and two of our seismic champs, Des Bull and Didier Pettinga, had the pleasure of being involved. Des and Didier provided feedback to researchers from the University of Auckland and Canterbury on the structures design, which withstood 40 earthquakes. See the test video here.

Tom Halpin joins Holmes as Civils Team Leader

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Halpin as a Civils Team Leader at Holmes Consulting.

Tom, who has more than 30 years’ experience in Civil Engineering, will be working closely with our Civils Principal, Andrea Jarvis, to guide and direct their growing team across New Zealand.

“We’re excited to have another highly-experienced Civils leader onboard—it means we’ll both have more time to really engage with our customers and understand what’s important to them,” says Andrea. “Tom has an extensive background in site development and infrastructure, combined with a real passion for upskilling the next generation of engineers.”

During Tom’s career he has been involved in the planning and delivery of many prominent projects, including numerous Ryman Healthcare facilities, Sylvia Park shopping centre, Stonefields housing development, Auckland and Wiri Prisons and the Victoria Park Tunnel.

Tom is highly regarded for his pragmatism and knowledge, and his ability to set up projects for success from the beginning.

“Tom understands the complexities of the interactions between civil engineering and other disciplines, and how to use the best combination of clever engineering and smart technology to smooth those interactions,” says Andrea. “We’re very pleased to have him on the team.”

New Principal positions and appointments announced

We have recently appointed four newly created Principal positions, reflecting the strong growth of our business over the last decade. The new Principals are all internal appointments, in line with our strategy to grow talent from within.

Blair Davidson is the new Principal, Civil Structures, leading Holmes Consulting’s team delivering bridging, ports, tanks and other civil structures. Blair has been a huge contributor to the growth of the Civil Structures team since the early 2000s. With a team of 30 people delivering projects like Transmission Gully, Mt Messenger, Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant BNR Upgrade, Manawatu Gorge, Thorndon Container Wharf and the award-winning Perry Bridge in the Waikato, Blair’s team is a well-established leader in the Civil Structures market.

Andrea Jarvis takes on the Principal, Civil role, leading a fast-growing team of 17 people. Andrea started as Holmes’ first purely civil engineer in 2010 and has quickly formed a high-performing team to support customers all over the country. As Principal, Andrea will build on her team’s strong reputation earnt delivering many challenging, high profile projects, including civil engineering on the Arts Centre of Christchurch, Christchurch Town Hall, Kawarau Falls Station, Lake’s Edge subdivision, the Wanaka Community Pool and Sports and Recreation Centre and Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre.

Richard Seville is a new Principal, Structures, focusing on Holmes Consulting’s Southern customers. Richard has been with Holmes since 2002, leading the Christchurch office since 2009. Richard’s Structures division is building on a very strong legacy, starting more than 60 years ago when Lyall Holmes established the business in Canterbury in the late 1950s. More recently, the Structures team Richard leads has delivered exceptional projects like the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct, Transitional (‘Cardboard’) Cathedral, the Hilton Queenstown, St Andrew’s College Chapel and rapid structural assessments and remedial design following the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes.

Hamish McKenzie is also a new Principal, Structures. Based in Wellington and with over two decades at Holmes, Hamish has held leadership roles within the business for many years. As Principal, Hamish will continue to grow the North Island Structures team, building on Holmes Consulting’s reputation for technical excellence and quality. His team has a highly successful track record, including projects such as Commercial Bay, Majestic Centre seismic strengthening, Wellington Airways Control Tower, Len Lye Gallery, ASB Arena Tauranga, Deloitte Tower Auckland, Spark Arena and Viaduct Events Centre and Fonterra’s headquarters in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.

Holmes Consulting CEO, Hamish Nevile, is delighted with the new positions and appointments. ‘I’m genuinely excited to announce these Principal appointments, which are key in driving our next stage of growth. Over the last decade, we’ve more than doubled in size to more than 200 people and extended our reach across the country and beyond. These new Principal roles are reflective of our commitment to our clients and partners, with a big focus on listening to our customers and the market so we can stay at the forefront of the industry. We’ve always focused on developing talent from within, so it’s great to see these high-quality people taking on critical roles that will build on our proud history of engineering excellence.’


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.

Kaikoura project wins people’s choice

The Kaikoura earthquake road and rail rebuild project has taken out the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award. We’re proud to have played a role in another great New Zealand engineering feat. You can read more about the global award 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.

Hamish Nevile on the industry’s future

Hamish Nevile CEO

In this article, Holmes Consulting CEO, Hamish Nevile, talks about sharing the risk of project work, and how we’ll overcome the current problems the construction industry is feeling. Join the conversation here.

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.

John Hare on Engineering a better New Zealand

Holmes Group CEO, John Hare, talks about the problems New Zealand faces dealing with our seismic environment, and how we can engineer a better New Zealand. You can read the article and comments right here.