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.

Seismic Engineering education in the UK

Joe-WhiteJoe White, from our Netherlands office, outlines the case for more seismic engineering education for undergraduates in the UK. This article featured in The Structural Engineer – the publication of the Institution of Structural Engineers. The Structural Engineer – Joe White article.

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 Consulting opens Netherlands office

GroningenLessons learned from the Christchurch earthquakes are being applied in the Netherlands where man-made earth tremors are damaging buildings in and around the city of Groningen. Holmes Consulting Group has opened a European office offering seismic engineering expertise in an area of the Netherlands where controversial gas extraction has triggered more than 1000 earthquakes since the early 1990s. You can read the announcement here.

Christchurch rebuild – Holmes on TV3 news

john-hare-2505 years on from the Christchurch earthquake, this news feature covers the memorial service, and talks to key people involved in the Christchurch rebuild. John Hare, CEO of Holmes features in the clip – you can check it out here.

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.

Earthquake-Prone Buildings Amendment Act

Middlemore HospitalWith proposed changes to the Earthquake-Prone Buildings Amendment Act, Holmes Consulting Group’s Jeff Matthews commented in the Waikato Times. You can read the article right here.

The Seismic Question

Wellington-Moving-Times-The-Seismic-Question-1Holmes Consulting Group engineer Hamish McKenzie recently spent time with Colliers leasing specialist Phil Humphrey to help landlords get a handle on the new rules on seismic ratings, engineer reports and the question of %NBS. The result was published in the Colliers magazine Moving Times Wellington edition.

Question: Wellington has always had to design for seismic activity. In the wake of Christchurch and following recent events, the building stock has come under detailed scrutiny. In assessing numerous buildings, should occupiers be heartened by the performance of Wellington’s office stock generally? 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

Call for changes to clarify the role of the engineer in identifying potential flaws

John Hare spoke with Canterbury Television about clarifying the role of engineers and their responsibilities to both clients and to the general public. Read more