Carter Holt Harvey Pavilion

Engineering Work (eg road, bridge, sawmill, dam)


Opened in 1984, this is an outstanding example of timber engineering; the main hall roof is supported by 44 metre (m) long beams formed from glued laminated timber and plywood, the largest span timber beams in the southern hemisphere.

The pavilion, at the New Zealand Expo Centre, Auckland, was required to accommodate easily exhibits such as full-size houses, yachts and also to be used for public sporting and cultural activities.

A central span of 44 m was accomplished with a plywood box beam measuring 2.4 m deep by 0.45 m wide, with the top and bottom chords in continuous glulaminated radiata timber.

Designers: P Simperingham and P Hill
Contractor: Fletcher Development & Construction

Heritage recognition
IPENZ “Engineering to 1990” project

This item of New Zealand’s engineering heritage was recognised as part of the IPENZ “Engineering to 1990” project which the Institution organised to help celebrate the country’s sesquicentenary in 1990. A plaque was unveiled to mark the significance of this building as part of the development of the nation.


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New Zealand Expo Centre, Greenlane Road, Auckland


Access Info
The NZ Expo Centre is open during normal business hours. Access to Carter Holt Harvey Pavilion is available by arrangement with NZ Expo Centre, phone (09) 689 969.

Nature of Engineering
Building and Construction


IPENZ 1990 plaque

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