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Holmes wins international structural award

Holmes Consulting Group has won the prestigious international 2010 Structural Award in the Heritage category from the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in London. The award-winning project was the structural design of the new Supreme Court of New Zealand, and the simultaneous seismic retrofit of the old High Court. Project manager Eva Cuttriss says it was fantastic to be part of the unique and complex project. “The two discrete parts of this project each required careful ...
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Testing the strength of NZ's building code

When the big quake struck Canterbury on Saturday, September 4, and during subsequent shakes, the calibre of the New Zealand Building Code was put to the test. Most modern buildings, despite being severely shaken, responded as they should. Department of Building and Housing building quality deputy chief executive David Kelly says the fact our buildings performed so well, and that there were no deaths or serious injuries, is not just sheer luck. “Since the quake, I’ve had lots o...
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Steel frame code compliance clarified

The November 2010 issue of Building Today contained an article under the heading New research questions steel frame code compliance. This article, sourced from Carter Holt Harvey (CHH), is based on a report conducted by Green Being Ltd with the support of CHH, which compares the thermal performance of house framing in New Zealand. The National Association of Steel Framed Housing (NASH) has reviewed the report and found that some specifications within it are inconsistent with common...
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New leadership for Hawkins Infrastructure

Hawkins Construction Ltd chief executive Chris Hunter has announced the resignation of Fraser Wyllie, general manager of Hawkins Infrastructure. “Fraser was instrumental in the establishment of the Hawkins Infrastructure division, along with Brian FitzGerald,” Mr Hunter says. “During this time Fraser has worked tirelessly to create a highly successful and recognised business where none previously existed.” Hawkins Infrastructure is an operating division of Hawkins Con...
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From decks to wine cellars

From decks to wine cellars

Carterton’s Rhys Doesburg feels “pretty good” about taking out second place in the Registered Master Builders 2010 Apprentice of the Year, in association with Carters, especially after he nearly missed out on entering the competition. His BCITO training advisor Heath McKenzie encouraged Rhys to get involved, but Rhys didn’t think he had the time to fit the competition in. “I was renovating my house and I had a new family, but Heath persisted. I ended up sending ...
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Year of exceptional craft and workmanship makes it difficult for the judges

Year of exceptional craft and workmanship makes it difficult for the judges

An exquisite Remuera home, a beautiful home renovation in Wellington and the Deloitte Centre in Auckland have taken out the Supreme Awards in the Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers. The national winners in the country’s premier building competition were announced at a black tie gala dinner at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. This is the 20th year of the competition. Seven hundred builders and industry leade...
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