Recent earthquakes in Christchurch and Wellington – and even overseas – 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 and what they can do to improve them. In the case of New Zealand’s precious heritage buildings, it’s an exceptionally fine balance between preserving the heritage quality and delivering the appropriate levels of safety for the people who use them. Across the country, Holmes Consulting’s specialist engineers are doing exactly that.
We’ve been lucky enough to work on some of New Zealand’s most interesting and complex heritage buildings, spanning a huge range of government civic and private structures. Using market leading technology like our advanced Non Linear Time History Analysis software, we’re able to explore and design innovative systems that retain heritage character, at the same time as delivering the required performance. It’s technically challenging work in the context of aging and sometimes degenerated existing materials.
On projects like the strengthening and restoration of the Arts Centre of Christchurch, we’ve brought the full weight of our technical expertise to bear, basing a team on site for a number of years. While our heritage strengthening experts have the best systems, processes and thinking at their fingertips, great restoration requires far more than that. It’s our real understanding of and love for heritage architecture that allows us to design solutions that protect the special character of the structures we work on in New Zealand and overseas.