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Auckland Museum

Holmes Fire optimised the performance of the egress routes, minimised the amount of applied fireproofing to structural steel and verified the extensive use of architectural timber lining. This enabled the architect’s original vision for the project to be realized with a minimum of compromise and in a manner that significantly exceeded the Client’s expectations.

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Sydney Film School

Holmes Fire developed a performance based fire engineering design solution that allowed for the retention of the existing unprotected timber elements. The fire engineering design incorporated the installation of sprinklers and smoke detectors so the Client gained architectural flexibility and also secured a competitive advantage based on the unique environment provided to their students.

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Top Ryde Cinema

Attached to a shopping centre, the big issues are how to make certain that cinema occupants are not adversely impacted by alarms in the shopping centre and how large numbers of customers will escape if they really have to. It’s pretty complex, but with Holmes Fire focussed on the Client’s needs for business continuance and customer satisfaction we achieved a great outcome.

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Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre

Spectacular architecture and structure in a unique natural environment. With open levels and vast expanses of natural timbers we were challenged and responded with a fire engineered design that saved a lot of money and, more importantly, delivered quality and supported the architectural aesthetic

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Britomart Oriental Carpark

Carpark buildings seldom present an opportunity for performance based fire engineering to add much value. However, even though the form and function of this type of building are very apparent, innovative design solutions can be found if the norms are challenged – this is one of our strengths. Our design allowed space for $450,000 worth of additional parking spaces and reduced construction cost.

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It’s often the case that clients just get plain sick of hearing what they can’t do rather than what they can do. That’s where our design for this building fulfilled all of the clients’ can do’s. You can open shops into the carpark. You can do away with sprinklers. You can avoid costly and functionally prohibitive aspects of the DTS. How? Through performance based fire engineering design of course.

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Top Ryde Carpark

This carpark formed another part of the colossal Top Ryde shopping centre development. Performance based design avoided costly and functionally prohibitive aspects of the DTS. Fully integrated, detailed design was applied throughout, with the coordinated expertise of a massive design team and many, many other stakeholders. And when it was all done - more satisfied customers.

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Chews Lane

This precinct comprises two new commercial buildings, a new carpark building and the refurbishment of five existing buildings to accommodate retail, offices and apartments. It was a complex challenge nd we rose to it with a fire engineering design that complemented the architecture. The successful development changed the feel of central Wellington dramatically, adding life and vitality to the area. We're proud of our achievement

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Sovereign House

Modern building design, with its open and interconnected workplaces, is far ahead of the languishing fire 'Codes', so we started our design process from first principles. 1150 office workers in one fire cell spread over 5 levels and 3 internal towers - there were so many planning aspects to integrate into our design. The result, an innovative culture changing workplace.

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Grosvenor Place

It’s really satisfying when you can show - through robust methods - that some aspects of a building are safer unchanged than changed to comply with the DTS. This was certainly the case with the Grosvenor Place building. Holmes Fire identified and used existing building characteristics to fulfil the performance based design, eliminating the need for expensive and invasive fire safety measures.

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Lifestyle Working Brookvale

Lifestyle Working is a new complex, especially designed to maximise economic, environmental and social performance. Very cool. But because of the unique sustainability features, it could not comply with the DTS. We solved a range of issues to secure compliance, for example; extended travel distances, excessive fire compartment size, structural fire resistance of the mezzanines, internal bridges and walkways – every aspect really. No stone unturned in the pursuit of a great design.

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Albany Senior High School

It seems that modern education methods and processes have changed the learning environment significantly, giving rise to open plan teaching and learning spaces enhanced by a ‘central concourse flooded with natural light’. Performance based fire engineering design can respond directly to this type of environment, and in this case, the smoke control strategy was central to the design success. Holmes Fire’s design allowed for significant cost savings and contributed to the fulfilment of the architectural vision.

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Bethany College

Holmes Fire added significant value to this project in terms of design flexibility, time and cost savings in construction and improved amenity for occupants, while simultaneously achieving an acceptable level of fire safety. Don’t let your designs suffer the constraints and limitations of the ‘Code’ - challenge conventional thinking and use a performance based approach to fire engineering design.

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AUT - Awataha Plaza

Awataha Plaza is an extension to an existing building on the Akoranga campus of the Auckland University of Technology. Holmes Fire's design strategy accommodated the client's desire for flexible use of the foyer for exhibitions, displays, conferences and other public events, while maintaining functionality for everyday student use by allowing unobstructed flow to and from the lecture theatres - all in a day’s work for Holmes Fire’s talented engineers.

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The Poche Centre

This is one seriously cool building. Made possible by a generous donation from Greg Poche, this purpose-built, world-class, integrated melanoma treatment facility provides the best possible care for patients as well as providing research, teaching and education facilities. For life changing facilities like this, you have to get it absolutely right, and we did. In fact, we’re very proud to have helped make it happen.

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Calvary Hospital

Hospitals present clear safety design challenges with no room for compromise. After undertaking a BCA assessment against the DTS on Calvary Hospital, our findings not only revealed likely prohibitive cost of compliance but also probable compromise to the building’s functionality. Fire engineering design overcame these restrictions and provided a better outcome without any compromise to safety.

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Southland Base Hospital

Agree the brief early - the fire engineer’s mantra - and so it was for this project. User group representatives - responsible for fire safety, patient care and staff training were involved in the design to better determine client needs. This is a much more thorough approach than that offered by the ‘Code’. The result speaks for itself in a new facility that provides the local community with an uninterrupted, quality healthcare service.

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Burwood Hospital

Four new operating theatres, new ward blocks, a new patient anaesthetic care unit and a new special care unit all requiring integration with existing wards and concourses – a demanding and complex design scenario. Holmes Fire responded to the challenges with full fire engineering service and liaison with all stakeholders to achieve an outstanding result that fundamentally enhanced the entire site.

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Sydney Town Hall

Iconic, heritage listed, High-Victorian, Mayor’s office, partially occupied during construction. All aspects that can strike fear into the uninitiated. Holmes Fire lead a team including architects, heritage consultants, the fire brigade and The City of Sydney to formulate a Fire Safety Upgrade Strategy that would achieve the fire safety objectives without destroying the building’s unique heritage fabric and artefacts. And we proud to receive a Gold Award at the Consult Australia Awards.

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Tablet House

Built in 1909, Tablet House originally served an industrial purpose in CSR Limited’s former Pyrmont Sugar Refinery. The conversion to commercial use necessitated a fire and life safety upgrade, with specific consideration of the heritage features. Holmes Fire’s solution permitted the retention of the exposed timber floor, timber joists and unprotected steel beams.

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Government House

Protecting what’s been described as the most significant heritage building in New Zealand is not easy, especially when it’s also a fully functioning events facility and accommodation for visiting royalty. Limitations of what was available ‘off the shelf’ meant we specified unique components, manufactured just for this project. We had these and the final design approved as meeting all required legislation.

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Grand Hyatt - Doha

The Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha is a six-storey development providing 249 guest rooms, carparking, retail, restaurants, fitness centre, pools and function areas. Holmes Fire provided a NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code assessment of the proposed development to identify fire and life safety non-compliances and subsequently provided advice to ensure that the most practical, economically feasible and architecturally desirable solution was achieved.

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Hotel Bondi

When the National Trust of Australia and the Royal Institute of Architects identify a building as one of significance, design contributions are heavily scrutinised and evaluated. One of the major design aspects was the Client’s need for the building to remain predominantly occupied during the redevelopment. An holistic assessment of this - and the Beach House next door - was a key to our design success. Safety was greatly improved and the building remained intact for the benefit of the community.

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Fonterra Clandeboye

Because Fonterra New Zealand is the world’s largest milk processor and New Zealand’s largest exporter, superior fire engineering for their plants is a very big deal. Fortunately, we know a lot about dryer towers, the fire hazards of milk powder, insurance and reticulating millions of litres of fire fighting water - not many others do.

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Nationwide News

When the call goes out for more flexibility, improved functionality, equivalent levels of life safety and significantly more cost-effective solutions - we answer. This project is a prime example of performance based fire engineering design solving innumerable issues that the ‘Code’ can’t. If Holmes Fire hadn’t delivered a tailored performance based design solution, the facility owner would have been faced with insurmountable costs and serious business disruption.

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Chullora Bakery

Some people would get a kick out of this building - for its impressive size, function and performance. At 24,000 sq. m with a 7,500 sq. m mezzanine floor producing 8,750 loaves of bread each hour, expert fire engineering was paramount to business continuity and making absolutely sure Sydney-siders received their daily bread. The key to this project’s success was in a holistic assessment and solution, not just addressing ‘non-compliances’ in isolation.

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Coca-Cola Warehouse

Where do you start designing for fire safety in a 32 m high, automated warehouse with new production and dispatch areas? First, rationalise smoke exhaust rates. Second, design for extended travel distances. Then simply design for extended fire hose reel and fire hydrant coverage and in-rack sprinklers – a demanding design but a great outcome. It added the flexibility required to accommodate equipment and machinery and minimised the business continuance impacts of fire.

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Genesis e3p Power Station

Holmes Fire provides a broad service that's not just confined to fire engineering buildings. Here, we were engaged to provide the fire risk study, the fire design for life safety and the fire safety specifications and detailed design of fire services for the new Genesis Energy e3p 385MW combined cycle gas turbine plant.

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Lane Cove Tunnel

When project values are measured in billions of dollars, it pays to have specialists on board - and so they were for this project. Holmes Fire provided a complete review of the fire safety and systems design, including smoke control and related emergency control systems and on-site commissioning. Critical fire safety concerns were identified enabling the client to satisfy the requirements cost effectively.

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Manapouri Power Station

Can a power station with a peak generating capacity of more than 700 MW, a machine hall located 200 m underground accessed via a 2 km vehicular tunnel and elevator system comply with the ‘Code’? - Of course not. Holmes Fire’s answer was to provide an holistic evaluation of fire risks to determine appropriate and cost effective solutions that fulfilled the owner’s needs.

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Chews Lane

This comprises two new commercial buildings, a new carpark building and the refurbishment of five existing buildings to accommodate retail, offices and apartments. It was a complex challenge and we rose to it- with a fire engineering design that complemented the architecture. The successful development changed the feel of central Wellington dramatically, adding life and vitality to the area. We're proud of our achievement

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The Atrium

A 20,000 sq m mixed use development with a massive atrium, who would have guessed? Funnily enough it was the Holmes Fire specifically fire engineered design that ultimately deleted the requirement to apply the ‘atrium provisions’ of the ‘Code’ to the atrium. A complex scenario for which we provided a thorough design solution.

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Top Ryde

What a massive project - one of the largest Holmes Fire has done. This new building, with five below-ground and seven above-ground levels, comprised a shopping centre, car parking, vehicle access tunnels, cinemas, a gymnasium, childcare centre, medical centre, library, bowling centre and a church. Suffice it to say, we did lots of clever things to make this work – download the flyer, you can read about it.

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Silkwood Apartments

Designed by award winning architects Turner & Associates, Silkwood is an innovative approach to Sydney’s inner city apartment demand. We had to be a part of that. So we cranked up the fire and smoke modelling computers and set to work. Pretty soon we were saying, “You don’t need that. You don’t need sprinklers; you don’t need stair pressurization; you don’t need fire protection to steel. No.” All part of our approach and commitment to performance based fire design.

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Abode Apartments

Using fire engineering design to eliminate systems that are seldom reliable but required by the ‘Code’ is our speciality. In this case, we demonstrated that a stair pressurisation system was not required, thereby removing significant costs associated with installation and life-cycle testing and maintenance. Designing smart saves money without comprising safety.

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The Beach House

This new luxury residential development, situated on Sydney’s most famous seaside promenade, is one of its most expensive pieces of real estate. So what was important to its developer? - maximising rentable and saleable floor area. Our fire engineering design allowed for the removal of an egress stair and corridor, adding huge value to the building - without any compromise to safety.

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UNSW Village

More than 1000 beds in 20 different buildings - the sort of job you really want to be a part of. Ultimately, working as a team, Holmes Fire was able to deliver a solution that maintained occupant life safety, minimised fire spread but maximised flexibility and allowed for the architect’s desired layout. Bouncing ideas around an office full of smart people is one of the best ways to achieve great results like this.

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Top Ryde Shopping Centre

This building is fire engineered from top to bottom. Holmes Fire was able to rationalise reduced fire ratings, occupant populations, egress provisions and emergency vehicle access. Detailed smoke modelling was undertaken for the carpark tunnels, all major tenancies and malls, including two atria connecting seven storeys. Our role necessitated close collaboration with almost every discipline in a large project team.

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Re:START Mall

After the devastating loss of much of the Christchurch CBD in the major earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the ReStart Project was set up to re-establish business activity around the inner core of the retail and hospitality precinct. Constrained by unprecedented working conditions, everyone worked tirelessly to demanding deadlines achieving outstanding success and contributed to something unique - the rebirth of a city.

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Market Plaza

To get the best from Holmes Fire, involve us from the early planning stage. Our concepts for this complex retail and future residential development provided design flexibility and the best possible outcome for the client. Whether it’s allowing larger compartments or eliminating large and costly sliding fire doors, cost cutting won’t achieve the vision – great design will.

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Retail Brands on Sale

Reduced fire rating of steel columns, extended travel distances in retail and carpark areas, reduced exit widths, glass doors in fire rated walls, elimination of smoke control to an escalator void connecting all five levels – all achieved with good design and good communication, resulting in greater long term returns for the building owner. This was a highly successful project for everyone.

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AMI Stadium

Before this major stadium was compromised by irreparable ground damage in the Christchurch earthquakes, Holmes Fire achieved award winning success for our fire engineering design. It adopted cutting-edge first principle design considerations and combined them with practices from the US and UK to deliver a multipurpose venue of truly international standards.

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Otago Stadium

More than just a place to play rugby, this new stadium not only needed to accommodate concerts, functions, and markets, but also grow a grass playing field under a fixed roof. Smoke control under the fixed roof of the bowl was achieved entirely by passive ventilation - that’s innovative and cost effective. Of course, we did plenty more than that and contributed to one of the major success stories of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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Sydney Cricket Ground

Optimising layouts and allowing for larger occupant loads are fundamental aspects of efficient and economic stadium design. By contrast, escape routes equate to dead space for which tickets cannot be sold. At the SCG, Holmes Fire’s design allowed for twice as many occupants as would be permitted under the BCA DTS. This is not magic, just hard working fully qualified fire engineers collaborating in a constructive team environment.

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Sydney Superdrome

Holmes Fire’s Sydney office was born out of the demand for high quality fire engineering design for Olympic venues and this was our flagship project. Literally years of design resulted in a fire-engineered solution that met the client’s need for flexibility and operation, and fulfilled the Architect’s vision. From this great success, it was onward and upward for our Sydney office.

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Experience and expertise

Holmes Fire is a specialist fire engineering consultancy practicing in New Zealand, Australia and California. We have the experience and expertise to bring the right design answers to your project, given any scenario in any location.

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Diversity and service

In New Zealand, we specialise in fire engineering designs to achieve a Building Consent. This applies to Code solutions as well as Performance Based C/VM2 solutions.

In Australia, we will assist you in a fire safety BCA assessment, but more importantly, provide performance based fire engineered solutions to non-compliances with the prescriptive Building Code.

In the US, Holmes Fire can be your fire and life safety Code Consultant, as well as develop performance based fire engineered solutions to achieve equivalence with, or variance from, the Code.

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Dynamic culture and business

We have an impressive record of delivery on projects of any scale, providing fire engineering services on over USD 2 billion worth of built assets every year. We’re smart, nice to deal with and true to our word. We deliver a premium service and enjoy what we do. Take a look and see what Holmes Fire can do for you.

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people

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'Holmes Fire’s Auckland office was established in 1996. We are proud to have played our part in the development of Auckland, one of New Zealand's great international cities. We look forward to the next twenty years and continuing to achieve outstanding and enduring success with our partners.'

Andrew Campbell
Fire Engineer
Fiona Hurcomb
Administrator
Harry Rogers
Fire Safety Technician
Jim Clarke
Senior Fire Engineer
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Joakim Olander
Fire Engineer
Kathryn Devine
Senior Fire Engineer
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Keryn Goble
Senior Fire Engineer
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Martin Feeney
Principal
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Stuart Harris
Branch Manager, Senior Fire Engineer
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Tony Manning
Fire Engineer
Whitney Geary
Administrator
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'Holmes Fire was founded out of expertise and vision in 1994 in Christchurch and is the spiritual home of Holmes Fire and the wider group of 'Holmes' businesses. We are proud of our contribution to landmark projects of the past and will continue to bring our expertise and vision to the first class development of a new Christchurch.'

Darin Millar
Senior Fire Engineer
CPEng
Gilbert Gordon
Branch Manager, Senior Fire Engineer
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Herman Fong
Fire Engineer
Jerry Chang
Senior Fire Engineer
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Lina Lejonklou
Fire Engineer
Mike Inwood
Senior Fire Engineer
CPEng
Robert Staples
Fire Engineer
Robyn Jameson
Administrator
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'For the last five years, with great success, Holmes Fire has applied the principles of performance based fire engineering design to the US built environment. We work from coast to coast, in collaboration with designers, to help them achieve their vision.'

Bevan Jones
National Manager, Principle Fire Engineer
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Brian Salyers
Senior Fire Safety Engineer
Sean Mitchell
Fire Engineer
Zander Sivyer
CEO USA
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'Starting with our work on Sydney's Olympic venues, Holmes Fire has helped create enduring infrastructure through Sydney and New South Wales. We are proud to have been consistently awarded for our dynamic culture and approach to problem solving.'

Donna Rovira
Executive Assistant
Erik Carlsson
Fire Engineer
Garth Thomas
Fire Engineer
Glen Mitchell
CEO Australia / Senior Fire Engineer
Accredited NSW and Vic
James O'Neil
Fire Engineer
Linus Lim
Senior Fire Engineer
Mathew Freeman
Fire Engineer
Michael Bower
Senior Fire Engineer
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Chris Shon
Fire Engineer
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Richard Green
Fire Engineer
Sarnia Rusbridge
Senior Fire Engineer
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Tom Branford
Fire Engineer
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'Holmes Fire’s Wellington office was established in 1995. Our professional design services have become an integral part of Wellington’s new and existing built infrastructure. We’re proud to share in award winning success with our partners in the industry.'

Antony Walker
Branch Manager, Senior Fire Engineer
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Christofer Wickmark
Fire Engineer
Derek Robertson
CEO New Zealand, Senior Fire Engineer
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Greg Barnes
Senior Fire Engineer
CPEng
Jo Grace
Administrator
Kevin Irwin
Senior Fire Engineer
CPEng
Michael Huynh
Senior Fire Engineer
CPEng
Sam Grindrod
Fire Engineer
Wyn Klaassen
Fire Engineer
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in good company

Holmes Fire is a specialist fire engineering consultancy looking for suitably qualified people. We want engineers who relate well to clients, fellow team members and approval authorities.

Ideally you will have a specialist tertiary qualification in fire engineering, a high level of technical understanding, possess an ability to listen and interpret what our clients want, be proactive and enjoy what you do.

We do things differently through challenging the process, displaying initiative and independent thinking in a fun environment.

Please take the time to email your CV with covering letter to employment@holmesfire.com.
All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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award winning success

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Holmes Fire’s design work has been recognised with many national and international awards, not only as a stand-alone company but also as part of award winning teams. Our experienced and young dynamic fire engineers bring maximum project value through lateral thinking and innovative design.

  • Consult Australia 2012
    Small Firm of the Year
  • Consult Australia 2011
    Small Firm of the Year
  • Consult Australia 2010
    Small Firm of the Year
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2012
    Britomart East, Westpac Charter House
    Auckland New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2011
    Solid Energy Taupo Pellet Manufacturing Facility
    Taupo New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2010
    AMI Stadium Redevelopment
    Christchurch New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2010
    Wellington New Regional Hospital
    Wellington New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2008
    Sovereign House
    Auckland New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2005
    Civic Theatre Refurbishment
    Auckland New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2003
    Jade Stadium Redevelopment
    Christchurch New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2003
    Christchurch International Airport Terminal Expansion
    Christchurch New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2002
    Westpactrust Stadium
    Wellington New Zealand
  • ACENZ Innovate Award 2001
    Sydney Superdome
    Sydney Australia
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Address and contact

Level 1, 39 Market Place
Viaduct Harbour
PO Box 90745
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

T +64 9 308 7030

auckland@holmesfire.com

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Address and contact

Unit Five
295 Blenheim Road
Upper Riccarton
Christchurch 8041
New Zealand

T +64 3 365 8855

christchurch@holmesfire.com

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Address and contact

Level 2
41 Ballarat Street
PO Box 1266
Queenstown 9348
New Zealand

T +64 3 441 3055

queenstown@holmesfire.com

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Address and contact

235 Montgomery Street
Suite 1250
San Francisco
CA 94104
United States of America

T +1 (415) 693 1600

sanfrancisco@holmesfire.com

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Address and contact

Level 2
414 Kent Street
PO Box Q1643
Sydney NSW 1230
Australia

T +61 2 9264 4658

sydney@holmesfire.com

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Address and contact

Level 2, Tower Centre
50 Customhouse Quay
PO Box 942
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

T +64 4 471 1450

wellington@holmesfire.com

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