Majestic Centre in the news

Following our commendations in the Institute of Structural Engineers’ annual awards, the local media picked up the story and presented a feature on the Majestic Centre’s amazing engineering. You can read the article here.

Justice Precinct opens

We’re delighted that the Justice and Emergency Precinct in Christchurch is now open – a stunning building with some truly amazing seismic engineering. If you’re interested in the story of the precinct, take a look at this short video explaining some of the features of this exceptional project. 

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.

Seismic Engineering education in the UK

Joe-WhiteJoe White, from our Netherlands office, outlines the case for more seismic engineering education for undergraduates in the UK. This article featured in The Structural Engineer – the publication of the Institution of Structural Engineers. The Structural Engineer – Joe White article.

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

Holmes Consulting opens Netherlands office

GroningenLessons learned from the Christchurch earthquakes are being applied in the Netherlands where man-made earth tremors are damaging buildings in and around the city of Groningen. Holmes Consulting Group has opened a European office offering seismic engineering expertise in an area of the Netherlands where controversial gas extraction has triggered more than 1000 earthquakes since the early 1990s. You can read the announcement here.

The Seismic Question

Wellington-Moving-Times-The-Seismic-Question-1Holmes Consulting Group engineer Hamish McKenzie recently spent time with Colliers leasing specialist Phil Humphrey to help landlords get a handle on the new rules on seismic ratings, engineer reports and the question of %NBS. The result was published in the Colliers magazine Moving Times Wellington edition.

Question: Wellington has always had to design for seismic activity. In the wake of Christchurch and following recent events, the building stock has come under detailed scrutiny. In assessing numerous buildings, should occupiers be heartened by the performance of Wellington’s office stock generally? Read more

Transitional Cathedral opens in Christchurch

transitional-cathedralSome of our staff had the opportunity to visit the Anglican Church’s Transitional Cathedral this week prior to the official opening. It has been a unique opportunity for us to work with an unusual construction material – cardboard.

Designed by Shigeru Ban (working with Warren & Mahoney), the Cathedral structure features 98 cardboard tubes. For a sense of their size, note the photo bottom left. Our engineer Matt Franklin is holding up half of one of the tubes. Read more

Registry Building at the Christchurch Arts Centre reopens

Arts-Centre-StaircaseToday was the official re-opening of the Registry Building at the Christchurch Arts Centre. It is the first building of the precinct to be strengthened and repaired after the Canterbury Earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

Located on the corner of Montreal St and Worcester Blvd, the building was constructed in 1916 and an extension was added in 1926. Read more