Preferred bidders for Transmission Gully

duck-creek-bridge-impressionHolmes Consulting Group is pleased to confirm that we are ‘preferred bidders’ for the Transmission Gully project, as part of the Wellington Gateway Partnership.

Transmission Gully will deliver a hugely important inland State Highway route, better connecting the Wellington region. The new route is a road of national significance, not only delivering improved freight and public traffic flow every day, but also providing a safe, reliable and responsive route in the event of natural disasters. Read more

A Thing of Beauty

Auckland-Art-Gallery-exteriorThe Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has won the top prize, Building of the Year, at the World Architecture Festival.

The project is comprised of a new extension and a sensitive earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of the existing building. The architects on the project were Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) in conjunction with Archimedia. Read more

Wellington Town Hall – strengthening our past

Wellington Town Hall is in the process of being strengthened to better protect the heritage building from earthquakes. Part of the job is understanding where to start. Read more

VAC Vietnamese Hangar open for business

vietnam-hangarThe new Vietnam Airlines Corporation hangar at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City has been open since 2012. The single main bay plus an enclosed tail annex are approximately 138m long and the maintenance facility has a footprint of approximately 7,800 m2. The front of the hangar offers a clear span of 95m to accommodate the aircraft expected to be serviced here – an A380-800, Boeing 777 or Boeing 747. Read more

ANZ Centre wins Supreme Award at Property Council Awards

anz-panorama-1ANZ Centre refurbishment won top honours at the PCNZ Awards tonight taking out both the Hays Commercial Office Property Award Best in Category and the Supreme Award. The top to bottom refurbishment of the property includes a more pedestrian-friendly main level.

We are especially proud of this achievement as we were the original consultants on the design of the building in 1991 – our Time History analysis of the tower has remained relevant over this time.

Transmission Gully gains another milestone

The field has narrowed for the Transmission Gully project, part of the greater Wellington Northern Corridor. Holmes Consulting Group is part of the Wellington Gateway Partnership which includes Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd, HEB Construction Ltd, InfraRed Infrastructure General Partners Ltd, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). Two consortiums will now continue to hone their contribution to the project.

In earlier phases our bridging team did the preliminary design on the 29 bridges included in this project. Those designs will now be developed to be costed as part of the overall competition phase.

The project is being procured under a public private partnership (PPP) contract to design, construct, operate and maintain the Transmission Gully highway for the next 25 years. Work is expected to start in May with the successful bidder announced in early 2014. You can read more about the project in this press release.

JET Aviation Singapore extends existing facilities at Seletar

Singapore-for-webJET Aviation Singapore is in the process of adding another 6,100 sqm to its existing space (pictured) at Seletar.  This will provide maintenance and FBO operation.

The expansion was required due to increased traffic and to better service the Asia-Pacific region. Read more

Exquisite Care

isaac-theatre-royal-1As restoration work continues at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal, its famous painted ceiling dome has been removed for preservation.

A specialised lifting apparatus to carefully lower the eight-tonne dome to a secure position in the stage area has been designed by a team from Naylor Love, the project manager RCP, structural engineers Holmes Consulting and Smith Crane and Construction. Read more

MOTAT Aviation Display Hall wins at the New Zealand Timber Design Awards

MOTAT-Innovative-use-of-Wood-1The new Aviation Display Hall at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) was a winner in the Sustainability and Clever Solutions categories and was Highly Commended in the Commercial Engineering Excellence category.

The new Aviation Display Hall was created to show the extensive collection of historical aircraft that the museum houses.  The project was constructed of Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) a manufactured wood product that has the strength to compete with steel and the warmth and sustainability of wood. Read more