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.

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!




60 Major Infrastructure projects to watch

60 Major Infrastructure Projects – handpicked for border exemptions.

A Holmes Consulting Project: Pier 3 being erected at the Matahorua Gorge Bridge on State Highway 2 (SH2) in the Hawke’s Bay region. It was successfully opened in March 2011.

The Chief Executive of the Road Transport Forum, Nick Leggett, was recently cited as saying “We’ve got to stimulate the economy. We’ve got to get these infrastructure projects built and the reality is we’ve got to import labour”.

Overseas workers aren’t automatically approved for a border exception if they’re attached to one of these 60 odd infrastructure projects. Their employer needs to explain the role their workers would be undertaking, and why each role is essential to the business. This would then be assessed by Immigration officers (in consultation with other departments) but they are however exempt from the requirement that they earn over $106,080 per year.

Leggett was also quoted as saying Government departments didn’t have the engineering nous to determine which workers were genuinely needed for these important infrastructure projects – “…most Government agencies and departments have lost their engineering capability”, he said.

The current list of the 60 major infrastructure projects which have been pre-approved for exemptions to bring foreign workers into New Zealand are:

  1. New Dunedin Hospital Campus (Southern DHB, in Dunedin)
  2. North Auckland Line (Northland)
  3. University of Otago – Christchurch Health Science Campus Redevelopment – Stage 1
  4. Facilities Infrastructure Remediation Programme – Stage 1 – (Auckland DHB)
  5. Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment – Project Maunga – Stage 2 (Taranaki DHB in New Plymouth)
  6. Tauranga Northern Link
  7. New Domestic and International Jet Terminal
  8. Interisland Ferry Replacement Project (Wellington and Picton)
  9. City Centre to Mangere Light Rail (Auckland)
  10. Central Interceptor Programme (Western Springs to Mangere)
  11. Mill Road – Northern Southern and Papakura Sections
  12. Elective Capacity and Inpatient Beds and Supporting Infrastructure (Waitemata DHB)
  13. Capability of Airfield Infrastructure
  14. Investment in Horizontal Infrastructure
  15. Redevelopment of Scott Base (Antarctica)
  16. Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme – Accelerated Renewals
  17. Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 1 – Wagon Fleet
  18. Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 4 – Network Capacity Improvements
  19. Manawatu Road Maintenance Programme
  20. Laboratory and Biocontainment Greenhouse New Build and Relocation (Tamaki)
  21. Low Cost Low Risk Road Improvements across New Zealand
  22. Totara Road Wastewater Treatment Plant Consent Renewal Upgrade
  23. Adams Building Replacement Build and Precinct Enabler
  24. Dental School Redevelopment
  25. Construction of New Gravity Tunnel (Whenuapai and Redhills)
  26. Huia 1 and Nihotupu 1 Watermain Replacement
  27. New Watermain Connecting Woodlands Park Reservoirs to Greenhithe Bridge
  28. Pump Station and Rising Main Upgrade (Stanmore)
  29. Upgrade of Huia Water Treatment Plant
  30. Upgrade of the Waiuku Wastewater Treatment Plant and Wastewater Servicing to Clarks Beach
  31. Wastewater Treatment Plant Reactor/Clarifiers and Ultra Violet Expansion (Rosedale)
  32. Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade (Pukekohe)
  33. Cross Harbour Pipeline Construction (Wellington Eastern Suburbs to Waterloo)
  34. Peacocke River Bridge and Northern Arterials Construction (Hamilton)
  35. Hamilton Transport Network Renewals and Maintenance
  36. Drury Rail Station Development
  37. Wastewater Treatment Plant Membrane Bio-Reactor Upgrade (Waiuku)
  38. Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 6 – Infrastructure Upgrades
  39. Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 7 – Automated Train Protection
  40. New Aircraft Apron
  41. Marine Defences and Seawall Reconstruction
  42. Whau Recreation Centre – New Recreation Centre
  43. SH1 Improvements (Papakura to Bombay)
  44. Modular Prison Build Programme – Stage 2
  45. Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme (Wiri to Quay Park Capacity Enhancements)
  46. Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme (Papakura to Pukekohe Electrification)
  47. High Voltage Direct Current Cable Replacement and Capacity Increase (Cook Strait)
  48. Voltage Management (Waikato and Upper North Island)
  49. State Highway Improvements (SH1 Papakura to Drury South)
  50. Walking and Cycling Facilities – Northern Pathway including Seapath
  51. Penlink Road
  52. SH2 Te Puna to Omokoroa Improvements
  53. Melling Interchange Improvements
  54. New State Highway Construction – Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatu Tararua Highway
  55. Waikeria Prison Build
  56. Main North Line Reinstatement Project (Christchurch to Picton)
  57. SH1 Whangarei to Port Marsden Upgrade
  58. SH1 Otaki to North Levin Improvements
  59. Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 2 – Locomotives
  60. Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 2 – Wagons

This is is a positive sign that the New Zealand economy is looking more promising, and the important work many engineering and construction firms do can continue during this strange time that COVID-19 has brought to us all.

Read about the 11 infrastructure projects which will be fast tracked through the consent process, and potentially creating over 1,270 jobs for the domestic job market over on our Holmes Consulting LinkedIn page!


[Information sourced from: Immigration New Zealand].


NZIA Local Architecture Awards for 2020

Here at Holmes we work collaboratively with a lot of different project partners…

…from architects to construction companies, project management firms, property developers, other engineering services, and more!

The Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) is a membership-based professional organisation who represent registered architects and promote architecture in Aotearoa. They have close to 4,000 members and are NZ’s most highly regarded professional body for architects. That’s why their Local Architecture Awards, which honour the best new architecture in each of the NZIA’s eight regional branches, are such a high-profile event every year!

The Local Architecture Awards honour quality new architecture at a community level. Run by the eight branches of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), the awards receive more than 400 entries each year.

This year, we’re proud to celebrate the success of our project partners for the following Holmes Consulting projects who all won NZIA Local Architecture Awards this year:

Commercial Bay – one of our biggest projects yet!

Celebrating Commercial Bay, Retail Opening Day.

What does seven years of hard mahi from our talented team of engineering and drafting experts look like? Well, take a look for yourselves!

Over 76,000 hours were spent (and still counting, as the PWC Tower is soon to be open) by our Holmes Consulting team, working tirelessly over the past seven years with our client Precinct Properties to bring about one of the biggest landscape changes to Auckland (if not New Zealand’s) city skyline.

Our team were honoured to join Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, local Kaumātua, Precinct Properties’ CEO Scott Pritchard, our project partners, and other esteemed guests at the Commercial Bay Opening Day on Thursday, 11 June 2020.

[See above gallery] Here’s a little sneak peek of what we enjoyed on the day!

The importance of thinking ahead – why a holistic approach to civil engineering matters.

Holmes Consulting worked with the Christchurch International Airport infrastructure planning team and landscape architects to deliver the civil engineering works for the plaza between the international terminal and the new Novotel.

Our Principal, Civils – Andrea Jarvis wrote a great article about this project for Construction News, click this link to read it!

World Engineering Day, 4 March 2020.

Finding unique and diverse talent to take up the baton isn’t always easy, but those looking for the next generation of engineers don’t have to go it alone. There’s a lot of value in joining up with other organisations who can help facilitate these new connections.

Today is World Engineering Day (4 March 2020) and to celebrate we’re resharing a LinkedIn article about our relationship with the Keystone Trust, written by our very own Chris Mackenzie, National Business Development Director here at Holmes Consulting.

For us here at Holmes Consulting, our connection with Keystone Trust has been hugely valuable when it comes to finding new talent and investing in the future of the wider property industry. It’s one of the ways we’re committed to helping the next generation get excited about engineering and careers in engineering.

Keystone Trust is a Registered Charity that has been promoting opportunities for young people to enter the property industry for 25 years. Its primary purpose is to encourage participation and provide opportunities for students who have financial need to reach their potential and grow their talent in property-related industries including construction and engineering.

Holmes has been a strong supporter and believer in Keystone Trust’s mission, that’s why we chose to partner with them nearly 20 years ago.

At Holmes, we believe it’s important to establish a workplace culture that is representative of the communities we serve and the places we live and work. By partnering with an organisation like Keystone Trust, we have been able to connect with rising talent who have challenged our thinking and encouraged greater diversity of thought.

But, like any partnership, it’s important that the connection is mutually beneficial. In addition to Holmes Consulting’s sponsorship and supporting various events, we take an active role by contributing to the Trust’s Sponsor Advisory Group. This gives us a chance to pay it forward by advocating for how other sponsors can contribute to the Trust and by offering guidance to the board of trustees.

If you’re looking to boost the future of both your organisation and the industry, we encourage you to consider how to do this in a way that can have an even bigger positive societal impact – starting with your people.

Read the full article by Chris here, to find out more about our involvement and to meet a former Keystone Trust Scholarship recipient who now works at Holmes!