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Holmes Supports the Wonder Project Mission

February 22, 2024

Holmes is proud to announce our recent partnership with the Wonder Project – Engineering New Zealand’s in-school programme to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematic interests in young people. At ...

Holmes win GOLD at ACE Awards 2023

September 25, 2023

Holmes and Naylor Love won GOLD for the Christ Church Cathedral Stabilisation Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project at the ACE Awards 2023. This is one of Aotearoa’s most iconic and ...

Michael Williamson receives scholarship to attend Timber Conference in Norway

July 25, 2023

Michael Williamson, Design Engineer at Holmes ANZ recently attended the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) in Oslo, Norway, after being awarded a scholarship by the NZ Timber Design Society. ...

Learnings from the 2023 International Mass Timber Conference

June 2, 2023

Everything is bigger in the US… and sometimes that is a good thing! Especially if it allows for the rapid development and adoption of technologies that will help reduce emissions ...

Meet Daly Peeti – Drafter and creative.

April 24, 2023

ANZAC Day is happening tomorrow (in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia), and we had the pleasure of speaking with Daly Peeti, one of our Drafters who is part of the ...

2023 Client Choice Awards Winner!

April 5, 2023

Massive thank you to all our clients for nominating us! From over 270 firms entered in this year’s 2023 Client Choice Awards, we were honoured to be awarded the ‘Most Innovative ...

Rankine Browne Library shortlisted for IStructE Awards

September 16, 2022

We’re excited to announce Rankine Brown Library has been shortlisted for the 2022 IStructE Awards. Our Fire Engineering team in Aotearoa New Zealand were part of the project, led by ...

First human entry to the Christ Church Cathedral!

August 25, 2022

In case you missed it—last week, after more than two years of strengthening work, humans were finally given the all clear to safely enter the Ōtautahi (Christchurch) Christ Church ...

Holmes Announces Two Sustainability Leaders

June 20, 2023

We’re super excited to announce we have appointed two Sustainability Leaders to drive our commitment to sustainability forward—and embed sustainable design principles into our Practices at Holmes. Sustainability ...


June 30, 2022

We have exciting news! From July 1, 2022, Holmes Fire and Holmes Consulting are coming together to provide the same expert services we currently offer in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia—operating ...

Atlassian | The World’s Tallest Timber Hybrid Tower

August 19, 2022

Over 39 storeys high, Atlassian’s proposed Australian headquarters, to be funded and developed by one of Australia’s leaders in property Dexus, will soar above the new innovation and technology ...

2022 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards

August 15, 2022

We’re proud to have been involved in 12 different award-winning projects! Last Friday our team were honoured to attend the 2022 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards ...

Collaboration is key for Ōtautahi (Christchurch’s) latest endeavour

August 17, 2022

Holmes is proud to be a member of the Kōtui consortium working on the design and construction of Te Kaha, a new multi-use arena in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). The $683M ...

Commercial Bay – shortlisted for the prestigious World Architecture Festival 2022

July 14, 2022

An incredible 15 Aotearoa New Zealand projects are in the line-up for this year’s World Architecture Festival! The World Architecture Festival (WAF) represents the world’s largest live-judged architectural awards ...

Going Green: Sustainability in engineering. An interview with Lisa Oliver, ...

February 21, 2022

‘For returning Kiwi with offshore experience in sustainability and design there has never been a better opportunity to bring those skills home and get involved in a wide variety of ...

We’re the IStructE Supreme Award winners for 2021

January 26, 2022

It doesn’t get more prestigious than this! Our entry won not only our category for ‘Structural Heritage’ but also the highly coveted and exclusive Supreme Award, at the 2021 Structural ...

Take a sneak peek of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

September 26, 2021

Lockdown has put a pause on the opening of Te Pae (more than once!), but we’re just as excited to see this impressive NZ $475M convention centre completed and ...

Design and building practitioners legislation in Australia

July 15, 2021

In response to the public’s growing uncertainty and trust in the residential sector, the NSW government has introduced new legislation and regulations aimed at improving the quality of building ...

Commercial Bay wins Supreme Award at SESOC 2021

July 11, 2021

Exciting news, Commercial Bay won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence 2021 at the Structural Engineering Society NZ (SESOC) Awards. We are very proud of our team and our project ...

Award-winning projects from Holmes: 2021 Interior Awards

July 1, 2021

Holmes is excited to be part of three fantastic projects that won at the 2021 Interior Awards: Te Ao Mārama, Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum – Jasmax, fjmt ...

Who runs the (engineering) world

June 23, 2021

A Holmes Fire Engineer is a challenger to the expected, motivated to find the best solution for all, and is curious in the face of a new problem.  Making up ...

Fire Australia 2021 Conference & Tradeshow

May 3, 2021

Australasia’s largest fire protection event, Fire Australia 2021, returns to Sydney this year with three days of the latest, leading fire safety content with key industry experts. The event features ...

10 years on, take a peek inside the Christ Church Cathedral

December 3, 2020

At this stage it isn’t safe for anyone to go inside the Christ Church Cathedral due to the risk of falling materials, debris, and the potential for it to ...

A welcomed undertaking

November 18, 2020

The International Fire Engineering Guidelines (IFEG) has been the go-to handbook of Australian fire engineers for years but this could all be changing soon. Engineers Australia has formed a team ...

The Aotearoa New Zealand Interior Awards for 2020

October 22, 2020

Following its successful opening to the public earlier this year, the design team and stakeholders of Commercial Bay celebrated another win as New Zealand’s Interior Awards 2020 winner. The prominent ...

Legislation changes for professional engineers in NSW, Australia

June 30, 2020

Following the paths of Queensland and Victoria, NSW Parliament recently passed a new law under the Design and Building Practitioners Bill that will require professional engineers to be registered to ...

Wellington Architecture Awards – shortlist announced

April 30, 2020

The Wellington branch of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) recently released the list of finalist project for the Wellington Architecture Awards 2020. Holmes is delighted to ...

Celebrating diversity at Holmes

March 2, 2020

We know diversity and inclusion is a significant opportunity to build stronger, more creative, more resilient teams at Holmes. Each member’s personal journey, vibrant personalities and aspirations offer unique ...

Holmes opens in Melbourne

April 15, 2019

We’re excited to announce that Holmes Fire is now operating in Melbourne. Following the success of over 20 years in Sydney, and 2 years in Brisbane, the Melbourne office will allow ...

SAFIR Update; Improved Connections Supporting Faster Analysis

April 2, 2019

Holmes Fire provided financial support for the new updates of the SAFIR non-linear finite element program with our very own Linus Lim providing input on connections development.

Providing Global Perspectives for University of Maryland Students

January 28, 2019

In what's becoming an annual tradition and anticipated start to the year, Holmes Fire, once again, hosted a small number of engineering students from the University of Maryland.

USA mass timber industry gets a growth spurt

December 21, 2018

Changes to the International Building Code is here with the proposed tall mass timber building code changes now being approved.

Celebrating 30 years with Martin Feeney!

December 9, 2018

As a valuable asset to our team both then and now, we have all celebrated, our Principal, Martin and his incredible 30 years at Holmes Fire.

Australian Steel Institute educating on Structural Fire Engineering

October 11, 2018

Want to understand robust and economical solutions for designing for fire resistance of steel framed structures? In conjunction with The Australian Steel Institute, Holmes Fire is educating their members on ...

SESOC Awards: Holmes Involved in Three Award-Winning Projects

June 28, 2023

Holmes Fire are please to be involved with seven award winning projects at the NZIA (New Zealand Institute of Architects) awards, last Thursday.

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards ...

May 7, 2018

Holmes Fire are please to be involved with seven award winning projects at the NZIA (New Zealand Institute of Architects) awards, last Thursday.

It’s been a decade! Richard Green—10 years at Holmes.

April 11, 2018

This week is Richard’s 10 year anniversary and we have had a chat to Richard on what has changed for the industry and within Holmes in that time.

Holmes is heading to Antarctica!

March 13, 2018

Holmes Fire Christchurch are excited to be a part of the redevelopment of Antarctica New Zealand’s Scott Base.

A new Fellow of the institution of Engineers Australia has ...

February 27, 2018

Sarnia Rusbridge our Project Director has been awarded as a Fellow of the institution of Engineers Australia

Another Chartered Professional Engineer joins the Holmes team!

February 13, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Erik Carlsson has achieved the status of Chartered Professional Engineer under the Engineers Australia accreditation scheme.

University of Maryland visits Holmes

January 10, 2018

Students studying engineering visit Holmes Fire as part of their studies, gaining an insight to Fire Engineering in Australia and the benefits of working abroad.

School utilises architecture to modernise—becomes a standout

January 9, 2018

ThomsonAdsett have impressed again with their unique design at St Vincent’s College in Potts Point, Sydney, upgrading an existing network of buildings with a modern glass breezeway.

A Decade of Transformative Architecture: 2008-2017

December 12, 2017

Holmes Fire included in 6 of the top 11 projects voted as New Zealand’s most ‘transformative’ architectural projects this decade.

Celebrating 21 years of the Performance-Based Code in Australia

December 6, 2017

In October 1996, the Australian Building Code Board (ABCB) released its first performance-based code to introduce and encourage alternative designs to the Australian building and construction Industry.

Legislation changes for NSW raise the bar for fire safety

September 25, 2017

From 1 October 2017, new fire safety and building certification legislation will require competent fire safety practitioners in NSW

Grenfell Tower Fire

June 16, 2017

The AM Show invited Holmes Fire onto the show to provide some insights into this tragic event.

Consortium for Auckland Airport Redevelopment Announced

May 24, 2017

Holmes Fire are excited to be part of the team to deliver this project.

Holmes opens office in Brisbane, Queensland

May 1, 2017

Holmes Fire is pleased to announce the official opening of an office in Brisbane.

Tall Timber: The way of the future

March 20, 2017

Holmes Fire’s very own Dr James O’Neill recently contributed to an article in the Engineers Australia Magazine about Tall Timber buildings, explaining why it is the construction ...

Lessons to be learnt from Bankstown Fire Coroners Report

January 30, 2015

Can this tragedy lead to changes in the Australian fire safety industry?