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Enzed building designers win big on global stage

Enzed building designers win big on global stage

Enzed’s structural design prowess looks to be standing strong with Kiwi companies taking out two of the eleven categories at the recent  Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Awards held in London. The awards honour the work of the world's most talented structural designers. Wellington’s Supreme Court was crowned winner in the ‘Heritage Award for Building or Infrastructure Projects’ category, while the NZi3 Innovation Institute Building in Canterbury came out tops in the ‘Award for Education or Healthcare Structures’ category. 

It was Beca’s technical director Samir Govind who took to the stage when it came time for the NZi3 Innovation Institute Building to bathe in the winners spotlight. 

“I feel incredibly proud to be representing New Zealand’s engineering talent on the world stage. We were already confident that structural design in New Zealand is world-class, but it is very satisfying to receive official acknowledgment from the pre-eminent global professional body,” said Govind. 

The centre—which beat out competition from Denmark and the UK—was the first educational building in New Zealand to be awarded a 5 star Green Star rating. Its futuristic form is shaped by its use as a hub of entrepreneurially-focused applied research and the requirement for maximum flexibility. 

The structural design of the new Supreme Court and the seismic protection of the old High Court building was conducted by Holmes Consulting Group. Project Manager Eva Cuttriss describes the project as both unique and complex. “The two discrete parts of this project each required careful attention to detail to achieve such a high degree of finish.” 

The structure of the Old High Court Building—completed in 1881—was assessed using non-linear time history analysis. A base isolation solution was adopted as it enabled earthquake strengthening to be achieved with minimal intrusion into to the heritage fabric, with little visual impact. 

Established in 1968, the Structural Awards recognise and reward the work of the world's most talented structural designers, their contribution to the built environment and showcase projects that lead the industry's development. IStructE has 23,000 members in 105 countries.

You can read up about the rest of the category winners HERE.