Christchurch Airport – Control Tower
1Our relationship with Christchurch Airport dates back to the original terminal construction in the 1950’s, when Lyall Holmes himself took the lead on the structural design. In many ways, the airport was the project that launched Holmes Consulting, so it’s close to our heart. Our latest project at the Christchurch International Airport is the Air Traffic Control tower.
2The striking inverted cone design makes the tower a visual curiosity, but it presented a number of structural engineering challenges. Holmes Consulting’s expert engineers spent a long time at the drawing board on this one, eventually re-thinking the concept of the cone to come up with tapering, curved panels of a constant radius. The precast concrete solution could all come from one form, and achieve a similar – and equally compelling – cone shape that brought the design to life. We won the competitive tender for the project on the elegance and functionality of the design, as well as the efficiency and economy of construction. In short, our design was the best looking, most economical solution, and you can now see it in pride of place as you enter or exit Christchurch Airport.
3This project has attracted plenty of attention, and it was awarded a Merit Award from Property Council New Zealand in the Special Purpose category 2011, and an NZIA Local Architecture award in the Commercial Architecture category. If you do stop to look at the tower, you won’t be alone – thousands of visitors to the airport pause to take in the arresting structure every day.