Structural Engineering

We’re creative design experts and problem solvers, helping our clients and partners bring their visions to life.

We apply our proven knowledge and experience to projects of all shapes and sizes, from challenging landmark commercial developments to complex bridging projects—and everything in between. We’ve delivered many of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and most complex developments, as well as a huge number of projects internationally across the USA, Asia, Europe and beyond. Our expert engineers apply their creative genius to just about every kind of structure, from airport hangars right through to mass timber projects and award-winning mixed used commercial sites. Along the way, we’ve blazed new paths in seismic strengthening, built market-leading custom analysis tools, and led the pack in Low Damage Design (LDD).

Holmes hangs its hat on inventive thinking and the ability to succeed where other structural engineers fail. We love the challenge of design, bringing new thinking and light-speed custom technology to the party. When there’s an ‘unsolvable’ structural challenge, there’ll be a queue of our engineers lining up to solve it. And once it’s solved, we’ll probably solve it again in a completely new way, just for fun.

We’ve established our great reputation for quality on the strength of thousands of projects delivered with our trademark attention to detail. Whether it’s a seismic strengthening project, a bridge over a steep gorge, or a new commercial development, we bring the same high standard of due diligence and analytical horsepower. That’s why Holmes is the engineer of choice for national and international clients looking for creativity and quality they can rely on.


Let’s put it out there up front—we love structural design. Across Aotearoa New Zealand and the world, we’ve built a reputation for translating that deep love of our discipline into robust, resilient, elegant structures of all shapes and sizes. When we sit down at the design table, we’re not looking for awards, or to be clever for the sake of it: we’re simply seeking the best possible structural solution for the challenge at hand.

Holmes consistently delivers great solutions, combining inventive custom technology with the specialist technical knowledge you only acquire through decades of collective learning. We’re always open to possibility, looking for ways to support brave concepts with great engineering, rather than stomping on the design vision. And, when innovation and imagination are called for, we have them in spades.

In structural design, we’re purists—our view is that any job worth doing is worth doing right first time. Our clients enjoy our forthright pragmatism, and our ability to shed bold new light on age old problems. We’re experts in achieving cost efficiencies through the intelligent use of materials, and skilled at designing for ease of construction. We’ve got a strong green streak, with sustainability never far from our thoughts.

Woven through all the technical knowledge, technology and design genius, we’ve still got that good old Kiwi practicality. We’ll design the most appropriate solution for the situation, delivering on time and to budget. That’s why we’re the benchmark for quality in structural design for buildings the length and breadth of Aotearoa New Zealand, and well beyond.

Above: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. [Image Credit: Lightforge].

Above: Commercial Bay.