Projects short­listed for in­ter­na­tional awards


HOLMES CON­SULT­ING has two key projects short­listed for high- pro­file, in­ter­na­tional awards which recog­nise cut­ting edge engi­neer­ing de­sign.

Air­ways’ Welling­ton air traf­fic control tower and Perry Bridge at Horotiu on Te Awa – The Great River Ride

– are both short­listed for the 2018 In­sti­tu­tion of Struc­tural Engi­neer­ing Struc­tural Awards.

The awards will be pre­sented at a cer­e­mony held in cen­tral Lon­don on Novem­ber 16. Past win­ners in­clude the Syd­ney Opera House, the Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre in Paris, and the Sev­ern Bridge which runs be­tween South East Eng­land and South West Wales.

Com­pleted in Novem­ber last year, Perry Bridge is New Zealand’s first net­work arch bridge de­signed specif­i­cally for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists. Po­si­tioned over the Waikato River, Perry Bridge is also the long­est of only four net­work arch bridges in the coun­try and fea­tures mo­saic art­works at each end de­signed by lo­cal schools based on ei­ther side. De­signed by Holmes and built by Em­metts Civil Con­struc­tion, the bridge is short­listed in the Pedes­trian Bridges, Con­struc­tion In­no­va­tion, and Out­stand­ing Value cat­e­gories.

Air­ways’ Welling­ton air traf­fic control tower, de­signed by Stu­dio Pa­cific Ar­chi­tec­ture with struc­tural engi­neer­ing from Holmes Con­sult­ing, has been short­listed in the Ex­treme Con­di­tions cat­e­gory. Set to open later this month, the control tower has fast gained recog­ni­tion lo­cally and beyond for its strik­ing lean into the pre­vail­ing wind. The tower is de­signed to with­stand high winds and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, in­clud­ing earth­quakes and tsunamis, and will form a key el­e­ment of the re­gion’s post­dis­as­ter in­fra­struc­ture.

All projects en­tered into the awards are judged by a panel com­pris­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­perts in engi­neer­ing, de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture, and con­struc­tion. Projects are mea­sured against cri­te­ria in­clud­ing ex­cel­lence in struc­tural de­sign, creativ­ity and in­no­va­tion, el­e­gance and de­tail­ing, sus­tain­abil­ity, and value. The In­sti­tu­tion of Struc­tural En­gi­neers Struc­tural Awards, have been held for more than 50 years.

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