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Riverside Market: The feather in the city’s cap

The central city’s new Riverside Market has all the theatre and atmosphere of an industrial-scale Victorian era warehouse, with all the security of the latest in engineering by Kirk Roberts. How lucky is Christchurch?



Kirk Roberts’ Executive Structural Manager Nick Calvert says the exposed steel work in this building is a real point of difference. “Our team are a dynamic force, bringing a genuine sense of innovation and ‘can-do’ attitude to modern engineering challenges.”

On the front façade, the steel is integral to the aesthetics and forms part of the weatherproofing of the building, as well as being the strength of the building. The structure actually starts from the ground up, with stone columns embedded into the ground, meaning the foundation itself could be relatively shallow.

While it’s difficult to look past the stunning array of produce on offer, once inside, remember to look up at the roof to take in the scale of the exposed steel work which, together with the shear walls at the back of the building, are key to the structural support.

“The challenge was to make the steel work architecturally attractive,” Nick says. “We worked as a group, integrating architectural, structural, and geotechnical requirements. Knowing the details had to look great because it was exposed meant we had to find an overall solution that ticked multiple boxes. Our job at Kirk Roberts is to find and offer better solutions for our clients.”

The finished building is a fantastic asset. “We are so proud to have worked on what is a real feather in Christchurch’s cap.”




Committed to rebuilding: Terra Consultants

Terra Consultants’ move into central Christchurch has been a win-win for the local business. The company is proud to provide a personal service and works hard to contribute to the redevelopment of a city they love.



Now located in the Innovation Precinct at 150 Lichfield Street, the team – made up of structural engineers, architectural designers and drafters – loves the convenience of being back in the city’s heart and watching its growth first-hand.

The Canterbury hub is part of a wider network of the Terra Group NZ Ltd, a New Zealand-based and owned multidisciplinary consultancy company that was established locally following the February 2011 quake. Engaged by the Earthquake Commission to provide rapid response earthquake damage assessment and assistance, a team of engineers flew into Christchurch weekly, completing civil and structural earthquake damage assessments for hundreds of buildings throughout Canterbury.

In February 2013, a permanent office was developed in Wainoni during the Christchurch recovery effort. It has since expanded to offer Cantabrians professional engineering and architectural advice, design and construction observation services, and work on commercial building projects. The team is skilled at new residential and low-rise commercial builds, drafting, architectural designs, alterations, additions and town planning and, as it grows, plans to expand into surveying and civil work.

The Terra Group has also provided independent engineering advice in the High Court to help parties settle claims and disputes in relation to earthquake-related structural damage. The move back into Christchurch central has been a real winner for this family-oriented hub of engineers, committed to helping the city’s rebuild every step of the way.