The Len Lye Centre in construction at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Glenn Jeffrey

The Len Lye Centre in construction at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Glenn Jeffrey

Engineering award for the Len Lye Centre project

18 Aug 2017

The Len Lye Centre project has received a merit award at the Association of Consulting Engineers NZ (ACENZ) Innovate Awards.

The project was one of 145 submitted and was recognised at a ceremony held in Taupo on Saturday 12 August.

Holmes Consulting were contracted by the architects Patterson Associates for the structural, HVAC and electrical engineering design for the Len Lye Centre and renovations of the old Govett-Brewster building.

In its submission, Homes Consulting team stated the Len Lye Centre is one of the most technically challenging and interesting structural design projects they’ve worked on.

Holmes Consulting’s role was to deliver structural designs that supported the architectural vision, as well as the client’s need to create a compelling gallery space to attract visitors to the region.

“Our innovative design had many points of technical interest, including designing a ‘box within a box’, so that the design of the internal layout of the building could proceed in parallel with the resolution of the complex façade. The conscious choice of decoupling the façade afforded Pattersons Architects freedom—a pivotal part of the project’s success. The decoupling meant that the interior and its complex interplay of spaces stacked inside, beneath and over each other could be developed at the same pace as the exterior, which had its own complexities in terms of geometry, materials, detailing and constructability considerations. Part of this project also entailed the seismic strengthening of the adjacent Govett-Brewster Gallery.”

“This project is an excellent example of a structure where open minded, creative and technically advanced engineering was a critical enabler of the vision for the project."

"...It’s a great example of the way projects can and should work: with great communication, collaboration and shared ambition from all parts of the project team. As much as we’re proud of our input, we owe much to an exceptional Len Lye Centre team.” – Holmes Consulting

Holmes Consulting was also awarded a Gold award for the Christchurch Arts Centre rebuild.


More recent awards and accolades for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre contemporary art museum:

2017     The DVD 'Colour Box: 19 Films by Len Lye' has won Best Single Release at the II Cinema Ritrovato awards, one of the world’s major festivals of film restoration

2017    Property Industry Awards 2017 – Best in Category Warren and Mahoney Civic and Arts Property Award – Len Lye Centre and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth)

2017        Clelands Construction Limited won gold at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2017 for the Len Lye Centre project

2017     Govett-Brewster Art Gallery & Printlink Wellington Ltd was awarded gold for ‘NOW SHOWING: a history of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’ in the New Zealand Pride In Print Awards 

2017       Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre highlighted as ‘a deliciously offbeat new gallery’ in the world’s largest independent guide book publisher Lonely Planet announcement of Taranaki as the 2nd best region in the world to visit in its Best in Travel 2017 publication

2016       Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre won gold for Large Brand Identity at Designers Institute Best Design Awards

2016       Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre finalist in Australian Graphic Design Awards

2016       Len Lye Centre a finalist in the Culture Category of the World Architecture Festival Awards

2016       Len Lye Centre named the Best Creative Place in the LGNZ Creative New Zealand Excellence Awards 

“The outcome is simply stunning, with some exceptionally clever engineering hidden behind the memorable and sensuous Len Lye façade.” – Holmes Consulting