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.

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 in The Press

john-hare-250Following the February 2016 Christchurch earthquake, John Hare, CEO of Holmes, talks to The Press about the impact of the quake on existing buildings, and buildings currently under construction. Have a read here.

Arts Centre rebuild in The Press, Christchurch

arts-centre-rebuildThe Arts Centre rebuild is one of the world’s largest heritage projects, with a large number of buildings on a complex site. Holmes Consulting Group has a fulltime team based onsite at the Arts Centre, helping ensure the buildings are returned to their former glory, but with more robust and resilient support. You can read about project progress in The Press.

St Saviour’s Chapel

St. Saviour’s is a chapel on the move. Starting life in 1881 as a church in Lyttelton, it was moved in 1976 to Christchurch to serve as a place of worship for the Cathedral Grammar School. This week, it has made a return journey to Lyttelton. Our own Andy Campbell talks about that journey in the video. Read more

Christchurch Town Hall is slated for full restoration

Christchurch-Town-HallToday, Christchurch City Council voted to fully restore the Christchurch Town Hall after the Canterbury Earthquakes. More on the vote can be found at The Press.

For us, it is a bit more personal. The Christchurch Town Hall was the last project that founder Lyall Holmes designed before his death in 1970. In 1967, he added a partner to the practice, Brian Wood. Brian worked with him on this project and saw it through to completion on Lyall’s premature death. 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

Assessing the strength of the portfolio for Precinct Properties NZ

anz-panorama-1The Chairman of Precinct Properties NZ Ltd (formerly AMP NZ Office Limited), Craig Stobo, gave a strong feel for the approach of the recently renamed company at its annual meeting in Wellington yesterday. Writer Bob Dey of the Bob Dey Report gives a detailed report of the exciting developments that Precinct Properties NZ Ltd have undertaken.

On the matter of Holmes Consulting Group’s engagement as engineering advisor Mr. Stobo had this to say: 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

Q for Auckland

Q Theatre opened this weekend with a special ‘open’ day for Aucklanders to come and see the newest addition to the theatre scene in Auckland. The new performance art space is located next to Auckland Town Hall.

The project consisted of a refurbishment and a new build theatre that can accommodate up to 450 theatre-goers. It has taken some time to complete, but the results are worth it. From the new precast concrete cladding to the lovely interior which combines new elements with as much of the historical elements as possible, it is a great example of how a refurbishment ought to look.