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.

Property Council New Zealand Awards for 2020

Collaborating on award winning projects across New Zealand

Congratulations to our Holmes Consulting Civils Team and Structures Team for their projects which were winners at the Property Council New Zealand annual Property Industry Awards, which celebrate excellence in the built environment.
There are 11 award categories (shown below along with their sponsors) and one Supreme Award winner on the night:
  • Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Multi-Unit Residential Property Award
  • Greenstone Group Education Property Award
  • RCP Commercial Office Property Award
  • Holmes Consulting Tourism and Leisure Property Award
  • Templeton Group Urban Land Developments Property Award
  • Yardi Retail Property Award
  • CBRE Industrial Property Award
  • Warren and Mahoney Civic and Arts Property Award
  • Fagerhult NZ Health and Medical Property Award
  • Naylor Love Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award
  • Resene Green Building Property Award
  • Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award

Our Civils Team and Structures Team have done extremely well, as their project – Waste Management Headquarters (by Stride Property) completely swept the awards ceremony picking up three awards, including the prestigious Supreme Award Winner!

The NZ $45M project is a 9,100m2 facility set on five hectares in East Tamaki, is one of the first New Zealand projects to utilise the new Greenstar Design and As-Built rating tool, meaning green stormwater infrastructure was integrated into this light-industrial zoned site. The use of quality 3D modelling and construction information also enabled coordination between civil works and architectural and structural design—resulting in a complex network of pipework installed on time, with no clashes.

The office buildings vary in storeys and consist of office space, communal areas, and staff amenities. The workshops are large steel portal frame buildings used to store, repair and maintain the trucks and bins, and the auxiliary buildings are open structures used to wash the trucks and bins.

Waste Management needed to occupy the site by a set date due to an expiring lease at their current site, and so our team of experts delivered the design to a tight programme.

The project beat 114 other nominees to take home the Resene ‘Green Building Award’, the CBRE ‘Industrial Property Award’ and the Rider Levett Bucknall ‘Supreme Award’ – a huge achievement and one we’re super proud of for the teams involved!

But these weren’t the only accolades for this stellar project! Waste Management Headquarters also received an Excellence Award for the RCP ‘Commercial Office Property Award’ category too.

But this wasn’t our only major project winner last night!

The Christchurch Town Hall Conservation Project took out the Naylor Love ‘Heritage & Adaptive Reuses Property Award’, which was won by the Christchurch City Council (and project partners). Another well deserved accolade for the team, who are also finalists in the IStructE Showcase and finalists in the 2020 ACE Awards to be presented on 25 November 2020.

Our awesome project partners at Precinct Properties won for our project The Defence House in Wellington. It was awarded the RCP Commercial Office Property Award’ for their successful delivery of a fully refurbished modern office building (23,200m2) with new services, finishes, glass façade, and strengthened to 100% New Zealand Building Standard (NBS).

And lastly, the following exceptional projects were also recognised for their urban innovation which is crafting the future of Aotearoa.

    • The Wanaka Community Pool, part of the Wanaka Recreation Centre, which we worked on with Warren and Mahoney, RCP, and the Queenstown Lakes District Council received a ‘Merit Award’ for the Holmes Group ‘Tourism and Leisure Property Award’.
    • Building C – Mt Eden Corrections Facility received an ‘Excellence Award’ for the Warren and Mahoney ‘Civic and Arts Property Award’. This is a project we collaborated on with Beca and the Department of Corrections.

And our friends at Holmes Fire were part of these award winning projects too:

    • Beatrice Tinsley Building (part of the University of Canterbury) was awarded an ‘Excellence Award’ in the Greenstone Group ‘Education Property Award’.
    • SKHY received an ‘Excellence Award’ for the Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities ‘Multi-Unit Residential Property Award’.

    Check out the full list of winners here: 2020 winners for the Property Council NZ Awards

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.

Arts Centre of Christchurch celebrates gold

The Arts Centre of Christchurch is celebrating its gold at the ACENZ Innovate Awards 2017. A great client to work with and an amazing and challenging project. Check out the Arts Centre press update here: https://www.artscentre.org.nz/events/gold-award-for-arts-centre/

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.

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.

Preserving Heritage Buildings From Earthquake Damage

auckland-war-memorial-museum-externalNobody knows exactly how many buildings in New Zealand can be classed as earthquake risks, but there’s little doubt it’s a frightening number. Recent earthquakes have put the spotlight firmly on the safety of the country’s buildings, with owners and users alike concerned to understand how well they might perform in an earthquake, and what they can do to improve them. Read more

Arts Centre rebuild in The Press, Christchurch

arts-centre-rebuildThe Arts Centre rebuild is one of the world’s largest heritage projects, with a large number of buildings on a complex site. Holmes Consulting Group has a fulltime team based onsite at the Arts Centre, helping ensure the buildings are returned to their former glory, but with more robust and resilient support. You can read about project progress in The Press.