NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2020

Wahinga Martinborough Community Centre (photo credit: Andy Spain).

We’re so honoured to have been Highly Commended for the recent NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards for 2020!

Our vibrant and visually striking community centre project, the Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre (pictured left), was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Engineering Innovation Award category, something we’re incredibly proud of!

But the accolades don’t end there, out of the 12 award categories, we had five different Holmes projects nominated by our peers in the following five categories, an incredible achievement in itself:

Public Design Award: Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre, Oxford Tce Baptist Church

Interior Design Award: Oxford Tce Baptist Church

NZ Specialty Timber Award: Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (Winner), Christchurch Town Hall (Highly Commended)

Engineering Innovations Award: Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre (Highly Commended), All Souls Church and Hall

Engineered Wood Products Innovations Award: All Souls Church and Hall
*Plus, one of our Principals’ lovely home was also nominated for the Residential Design Award by the architecture firm involved.

Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s awards, there are some incredible projects out there showcasing the best of the best in timber design and we at Holmes Consulting are proud to be a small part of that amazing legacy.

Want to know more about the two projects our team nominated for the awards? Have a read about them below!

Timber brings Martinborough community hub to life
The striking glulam trusses that enclose the new Martinborough community hub create a stunning structural feature—breathing life and vibrancy into an important local facility. The trusses extend 30m across the venue, creating an attractive and functional space that also delivers on economic and environmental sustainability goals.

The strengthened and extended Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre is in the heart of the town’s square—a hive of activity for locals and a central location for the region’s many visitors. The design strengthened the historic structure, at the same time as modernizing it to deliver an elegant and functional building to align with the region’s rapid growth and advancement.

The existing 106-year-old historic masonry Town Hall was seismically strengthened, and the new community hub added additional facilities for the local Martinborough community, including a Plunket, library, café, and visitors’ centre. The Timber LVL purlins span over the trusses to support the exposed plywood roof diaphragm, seamlessly tying the roof together and creating a stunning visual element inside the building.

Working with the talented team at Warren and Mahoney, Holmes is proud to have been a part of creating such a vibrant new community hub for the people of Martinborough.



All Souls Church and Hall, Merivale (Christchurch).

All Souls Church and Hall, Merivale

Timber at the heart of a place of worship and welcome

The creative vision for this new church was to create a place of worship, combining the St Mary’s and St Matthew’s parishes. With striking timber features providing warmth and atmosphere, the modern design also aims to inspire community members of all faiths to visit and enjoy a vibrant, spiritual space. The All Souls Church and Hall proudly rises from the original St Mary’s site. The timber elements honour the design of the original St Mary’s Church, built in 1866.


From the exterior, your eyes are drawn to the church’s unique truncated cone, which is clad in white opaque glass. The cone houses the chapel and consists of eight glulam timber columns standing 8-10 metres high. Together, they form a portal framed structure through a series of radial roof beams. Inside the church, the glulam timber columns provide the frames and protection for 15 remarkable stained-glass windows that were carefully salvaged from the original St Mary’s Church.


During the day, gentle light shines through the opaque exterior glass, illuminating the stunning stained-glass windows. It creates an ethereal natural light show, drawing attention to the chapel’s magnificent timber structure. The glulam timber truss chords and ceiling beams have been left exposed, with a further highlight provided by structural steel connections shaped in the form of a crucifix, adding to the sense of spirituality, sanctuary and comfort.


We’re very proud to have played our part in this important community project, working alongside the talented team at Warren and Mahoney. The result is a new, modern and light-filled church with the beautiful structural timber as the centrepiece.