ENVI Winners for 2019


The inaugural winners of Engineering New Zealand’s inaugural industry awards, the ENVIs, were announced at the start of this month. Congratulations to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and KiwiRail who set up the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) Alliance with Fulton Hogan, Downer, Higgins, and HEB Construction for taking out the ‘Engineering Impact Award’ for their efforts in the Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery.

The judges commended NCTIR on its efforts to rebuild, stating it ‘set the standard for how we [New Zealand] need to mobilise as a country following a natural disaster’.

Read more about this project and the other 2019 ENVI winners here. Or find out about Holmes Consulting’s extensive history with induced seismicity here.


[Image credit: Engineering New Zealand, 2019 ENVI Awards Night].

Perry Bridge launch timelapse

One for you bridging / timelapse / mythbusters fans: the spectacular launch of the Perry Bridge, as captured by the Waikato District Council. Love it when a plan comes together … check it out right here.

Holmes claims gold in the ACENZ Awards

We entered four of our Holmes projects in the ACENZ Innovate Awards this year, and we were lucky enough to collect four awards. Len Lye got a merit award, Aurora and Majestic both got silver, and the Arts Centre of Christchurch scored gold (one of just five golds awarded nationwide).

Bridge launch

An exciting – and slightly nerve-wracking – bridge launch. Here’s the Perry Cycle Bridge (Horotiu) setting off on its 130 metre journey across the mighty Waikato.  A vital link in the Te Awa Great NZ River Ride, and a brilliant project to be part of.

Holmes shortlisted in IStructE Awards 2017

We’re excited to announce that two of our great projects have been shortlisted in what many call the ‘World Championships of Structural Engineering’. The Majestic Centre is shortlisted in the Extreme Conditions, Sustainability, and Outstanding Value categories, and Block C of the Arts Centre is shortlisted in the Structural Heritage and Extreme Conditions categories. No shortage of volunteers to head to London for the award ceremony … check out the shortlist here.

Andrea Jarvis in NAWIC awards

Pleased to announce Andrea Jarvis, head of our Civils practice, has been selected as a finalist in the National Association of Women In Construction Awards. Andrea’s in the ‘Professional Woman of The Year’ category, with winners announced 18 August. http://www.nawic.org.nz/news-construction

Holmes Solutions crashes a truck!

Follow Holmes Solutions’ journey as they test a new steel barrier design with the highest test energy available in today’s global Road Safety Performance Standards …a 36 tonne tractor trailer unit travelling at 80 kph. Holmes Solutions crashes a truck in the name of science.

Check out our Civil project summaries

Our civil engineering team has been doing plenty of great work up and down the country. Our civil design skills span the full civil spectrum, from straightforward drainage to the end-to-end management of large, complex developments. Check out a couple of our project summaries right here.

Holmes Consulting on Auckland Airport Consortium

Legend has it that Holmes Consulting once owned a Cessna, used to get around the offices back in the day. Those times are over, but we still love aviation and infrastructure – that’s why we’re so excited to be part of the consortium selected to deliver the Auckland Airport development. Looking forward to working with Mott MacDonald, Grimshaw, Architectus and Holmes Fire. Check it out here.


Majestic Centre Strengthening

Hamish MckenzieWellington’s tallest building, the Majestic Centre, was a huge strengthening project we were proud to be part of. This was a complex and interesting retrofit, with a number of seismic challenges throughout the structure. You can read more about the Majestic Centre right here.


Pictured: Hamish McKenzie, Wellington Office Business Manager.