The Symphony Centre

Soon to be Auckland’s first true mixed-use building, The Symphony Centre project is a new twenty-one storey building which involves the major over-station development opportunity associated with the Te Waihorotiu (Aotea) City Rail Link Station. The Symphony Centre is set to become a significant precinct in the city’s cultural and entertainment quarter including retail outlets, commercial offices, residential apartments, and a public plaza.

Holmes are providing the structural engineering, as well as the structural fire engineering, civil engineering, seismic restraint, and wind engineering to this landmark design. The building’s structural design responds to multiple complexities including the transfer of the residential grid to the CRL station structure below and working within the massing constraints to avoid shading the adjacent Aotea Square.

Our team are also applying our structural fire knowledge to The Symphony Centre to minimise the cost of embodied carbon associated with fire protection. Our task is to optimise passive fire protection for structural members in this building, and it involves careful consideration of the building’s complexity and potential consequences from a fire such as deformation and load redistribution among beams, columns, and trusses.

Our design team is actively supporting the 5-star Green Star and 7-star Homestar sustainability targets and is closely tracking structural up-front carbon emissions right through the design process – with input from the project ECI construction.