St Marys of the Angels, 17 Boulcott Street


The re-opening of St Mary of the Angels after three years’ re-strengthening featured on national television in April 2017. The church looks magnificent with no indication of the massive structural works behind the new paint and plaster that have brought it up to nearly 100% of the building code.

Designed in 1918 by Frederick Jersey de Clere, St Mary’s is believed to be the first reinforced gothic church in the world. It was closed after earthquakes in 2013.

The $9.5 million re-strengthening was funded out of grants and donations so tight budgets led to a number of innovations.

BlackYARD Engineering (then Pacific Consultants), were responsible all Electrical Services and worked extremely hard with the architects (Bulleyment Fourtune) and builders (LT McGuinness) to provide good solid value based electrical engineering design services.

The end results speak for themselves with a discrete and super energy efficient lighting design that accents the amazing features of the building without drawing attention to the lighting systems themselves.

MBIE, 15 Stout Street


The 15 Stout St redevelopment is one involving one of our city’s most iconic buildings. Constructed in the art moderne style, many Wellingtonians consider it a favourite, with bold granite cladding and curved bronze corner windows. McKee Fehl have completed a $40m redevelopment of this piece of Wellington history.

The glazed internal atrium is one of the key elements of the buildings composition, allowing visual connection between floors and offering sea views to the upper storeys. The atrium features acoustic panels made from damaged timber taken from the existing roof structure. The ground floor holds a variety of meeting and conference rooms along with a public cafe and is a key space for social and collaborative work.

BlackYARD Engineering (then Pacific Consultants), were responsible for both base build and MBIE tenant fitout Electrical Services.

15 Stout Street is a Gold winner at the 2015 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards and is the recipient of the National Award in Restoration category. The project has also won a Local NZIA Architecture Award. The project was the category winner for the Green Building Award from the NZ Property Council. 15 Stout St was also the recipient of two Excellence awards in Commercial and Heritage and Adaptive Reuse categories.

Public Trust Wellington


Registered as a Category 1 Heritage Building, The Public Trust Building, Wellington had to be a sympathetic seismic upgrade and full restoration.

BlackYARD Engineering (then Pacific Consultants) were engaged to enhance the architectural and heritage features of the 1909 Edwardian Baroque building using creative and energy efficient lighting.

The result is a stunning structural and illuminating restoration resulting the team receiving the Lighting Design Award at the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Intergen – 80 Willis Street


Possibly one of the best examples of exposed services, this office fitout for Intergen is as great example of simple done well.

BlackYARD Engineering (then Pacific Consultants), were responsible for both base build and tenant fitout Electrical Services.

As any services engineer will tell you, exposed services are tricky and the clean lines and forms achieved do not happen by accident.  We worked very closely with the in-house McKee Fehl design team to integrate all building services into the common support structure resulting in one combined and fully coordinated seismic support system that looks awesome.