Last week the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson was honoured to be awarded the 2019 Pixel Medium Venue of the Year at the EVANZ (Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand)
The Nelson Trafalgar Centre was an interesting project for Holmes Consulting, as we were asked to assess both the 1970s ‘Main Hall’ building and the more modern ‘Southern Extension’ built in 2005. Both required seismic strengthening which Holmes designed in 2015 and then carried out the work between 2015-2016. Among the challenges for building was accommodating the Nelson Giants basketball team for a season in the midst of construction.
The Main Hall is quite a cool space with timber glue laminated arches which Holmes then added steel to for support, creating an aesthetically pleasing result for the client. We added some buckling restrained braces to the sides of the building, roof bracing, and also improved the foundations.
Their recent win adds to the venues collection of accolades, after the architects [Irving Smith Architects] won a Public Architecture Award for the Centre last year.