MEDIA RELEASE 22/08/2019
Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers wins Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand Supreme Award for the structural
design of Tūranga.
On Monday 19th August at the Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand Conference in Auckland, Lewis Bradford
Consulting Engineers was awarded both the Commercial Building Award and the 2019 Supreme Award for Structural
Engineering Excellence for their structural design of Tūranga, the new central library of Christchurch.
The judging panel was “impressed by the complex yet elegant design and determined that it showcased next generation
structural engineering combined with outside the box thinking.” The judges “deemed that this project demonstrated world
leading innovation over multiple aspects, especially the on-site casting of large concrete rocking shear walls full
These awards add to the growing list of accolades for the project, including the 2019 NZSEE Seismic Resilience Award for
low damage design, an NZIA 2019 Canterbury Public Architecture Award, the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett
Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2019 Supreme Award and the Gold and National Category Award at the Registered Master
Builders New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. Tūranga was recognised at the ACENZ Innovate Awards earlier this month
with both a silver award for Lewis Bradford and the Community Award that was presented to the people of Christchurch,
Christchurch City Libraries, Christchurch City Council and the Matapopore Trust.
Lewis Bradford’s structural design of Tūranga has also recently been shortlisted for an IStructE award. Based in London,
the IStructE awards are widely recognised as the ‘world championship of structural engineering’. Tūranga is the only
building in the southern hemisphere to be shortlisted in any IStructE awards category in 2019.
Lewis Bradford is a structural engineering consultancy with offices in Christchurch and Queenstown. The engineering
design team was led by Craig Lewis, a proud builder’s son from Oamaru and included Technical Director Tim Shannon who
has wide ranging international structural experience and Dr Jamaledin Borzouie, who gained his PhD at the University of
Canterbury after completing his undergraduate studies in Tehran.