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Keynote address – Stengthening and Heritage Restoration of the Arts centre of Christchurch
Monday 24 November, 9am
John Trowsdale gave the conference’s keynote address.
The former Canterbury College campus, known as the Arts Centre of Christchurch, covers a city block and includes 22 heritage buildings, including New Zealand’s first university School of Engineering. The Arts Centre suffered significant damage as a result of the destructive earthquake activity of 2010–2011. John is Holmes Consulting Group’s Project Director, heading up a team providing the on-site dedicated resource for the seismic strengthening and restoration of the Arts Centre. Due to be completed in 2019, this intricate and extensive, $290 million, project is currently one of the world's largest heritage restoration and strengthening programmes.
John has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, including 10 years of specialist structural design experience and seven years as Holmes Consulting Group Queenstown office’s Business Manager. The day of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, John was engaged to provide engineering support to the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. Following his work with USAR, John immediately started on the Arts Centre site, assessing, shoring, and stabilising structures. Now 3 Â½ years on and acting as structural engineer, lead consultant and engineer to the contract, John leads a team of seven site-based Holmes Consulting Group staff, and further engineering and drafting resource based in the Auckland and Queenstown offices. His role also extends to co-ordinating site staff and contractors, and liaising with Christchurch City Council and Heritage New Zealand.
School of Engineering building, University of Canterbury. Webb, Steffano, 1880-1967: Collection of negatives. Ref: 1/1-005448-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.