As a result of our hard work, skilled team and strategies, Holmes Construction has become an multi-award winning company. Our most recent achievement is winning gold at the New Zealand Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2015 for our Oriental Bay House. Other project awards include:


NZIA 2015 Architectural Awards

Oriental Bay House (Architecture Workshop - Chris Kelly)

Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2015

Gold Award – Oriental Bay House
Lifestyle Award (kitchen) - Oriental Bay House


NZIA 2010 Architectural Awards

Seatoun House (Architect Kebble Daish)

NZIA 2013 Architectural Awards

Heretaunga College (Architect Opus)


Wellington Master Builder Commercial Project Award 2009

Gold Award for Tourism and Leisure section
The Wellington Hotel and Apartments, Cuba Street, Wellington (28 Million), Completed 2008.

RMB 2009 Commercial Gold Award Tourism and Leisure Project

Hotel Wellington



RMB 2008 Style and finish award

Seatoun House

RMB 2008 Supreme Award

Seatoun House (Architect Assembly Architecture).


RMB 2008 Commercial Project Gold award WRAC

Shallow water leisure pool

RMB 2008 Kitchen award

Seatoun House


RMB 2005 Commercial National Gold Reserve award

Kate Sheppard Apartments

RMB 2005 Commercial award and local category winner

Kate Sheppard Apartments





Holmes Construction executed with total professionalism the construction of our largest and arguably most complex restaurant project to date. The design interpretation through to execution was precise and excellent communication throughout the process – from Tender to Handover.

Holmes Construction workmanship, efficiency and quality was of an exceptional standard and Nando’s would gladly recommend and use them again if the opportunity arises. Thanks to the entire team for an incredible effort and outcome.
— Victor Milne - Development Manager - Nando’s NZ
Opus Architecture has a long history of working with the Holmes Construction team across a wide range of projects. In our most recent collaborations at Carterton Events Centre and Heretaunga College a key feature has been the calibre of the Holmes team, their attention to detail and the positive working relationships that have all led to very successful projects with delighted clients.’’
— Bruce Curtain - Business Manager - Opus International Consultants Ltd
We are very pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Holmes, a company that we share a successful working relationship with.

Holmes Wellington have delivered to all our needs and requirements, they are an experienced and extremely well managed construction company with extensive knowledge in the production of high density residential apartments. Holmes have a unique team approach and are extremely reliable and focused on overall quality.

We would highly recommend Holmes Wellington for any construction project and we look forward to continuing to work with them. Please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned if you wish to discuss this reference further.
— James Hutchens - Conrad Properties Group
Summerset engaged the services of Holmes Construction Limited in 2010 to construct four apartment blocks at our Aotea site. Following initial preliminary, general and margin negotiation and subsequent trade tendering, Holmes worked collaboratively with Summerset to meet very tight budget constraints and get the project off the ground.

Since construction work commenced, Holmes have demonstrated a willingness to work with Summerset and their design consultants to provide successful design outcomes within the targeted costs. Holmes have provided assistance to resolve any financial matters arising in a timely manner. They have also provided a well thought out programme of work in consultation with Summerset, which they are successfully following, monitoring and regular updating. The project has run very smoothly to date, is ahead of schedule and Holmes have been proactive in discussing any matters arising promptly to ensure there are no unresolved contractual issues.

Summerset have enjoyed working with Holmes and their construction team and feel that their involvement has been and continues to be a key contributor to the success of this project.
— Mike King - Senior Project Manager - Summerset
We are the owners of the complex, The Wellington, 203-239 Cuba Street. The complex comprises; two hotels, the 114 room Comfort Hotel Wellington, and 62 suite Quality Hotel Wellington; conference facilities and restaurant and bars for 230 people; 54 apartments; a pool and gym; 60 carparks.

Over the period from 2002 until the end of 2007 we worked closely with Holmes Wellington (HWL) developing this complex. During the period we used the same Architect, Quantity Surveyor, and Builder, a sure sign that an excellent relationship existed between all of the parties.

We found HWL to be diligent, honest, and competent. Their staff at all levels were excellent to deal with. They could always commit an adequate workforce but never behaved like a large company. Working on old buildings always leads to many variations and these were agreed amicably and reasonably quickly. Their site manager on the major part of the project, Mal Bird, is extremely adept at pre-planning. There was hardly a single design mistake which needed re-work as they were generally picked up well before construction took place.

For the second part of the project we set in place, nearly a year prior to completion, a financial incentive for HWL to complete the building 3 months early our major hotel season. They met this date and we both won!

All of the work has been of a difficult nature due to the fact that we insisted on being able to run our hotel at all times (a 24 hour x 365 day operation) with minimal interruption. The first part of the work, the strengthening of a large, three storey, brick building to the full modern Building Code, above operating shops with about half of the hotel operating at all times, was particularly difficult and could have easily corroded relationships. Dust, mess, and noise needed to be kept to a minimum and were.

We were extremely pleased that our architect received a prize in the 2008 NZIA Resene competition in the commercial section for the building. This was followed by a Building Award for HWL in 2009.
— Rex Nicholls - Wellington Cuba Construction Ltd.
Over a number of years now we have had a successful working relationship with Tim and the team at Holmes Construction.

We have always found Holmes Construction to be practical and helpful in both pre-construction advice and on site during construction. They look at a number of options to make sure the client objectives are met while they are getting the best value for money.

The projects we have worked on with Holmes Construction vary in size and complexity from warehouse structures to multi-storey buildings.

It is always important for us that a contractor forward plans a project so that they are looking at a site activities weeks or even months in advance to ensure the smooth running of a project. Holmes Construction have shown they are such a contractor to achieve this.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Holmes Construction for construction projects.
— Scott Miller - Principal - Silvester Clark Ltd.
Holmes was engaged by us to construct 18 apartments at 2 Macauley Street Johnsonville for us as part of a larger project of 32 units. One building was 6 units (2 levels) and another 12 units (3 levels). The site was complex and had limited access. At each stage in the process from initial consultation, detail design, programming, on site construction, variations to completion and code of compliance we have found Holmes to be excellent in every respect and would use them again in any further projects.

This was a project developed for Housing NZ and so required good documentation and communication for the many variations, and excellent Q&A plan, good Health and Safety plans and good site coordination with partial occupation of the development part way through. In all these areas Holmes was excellent.

The delivery to deadlines was excellent. We will have 12 of the units 2 months ahead of schedule and 6 right on time. They took leadership with the other major contractors and facilitated excellent on site coordination, something that was important for the projects success.

Unlike some contractors we found Holmes to be honest, realistic and always fair in our dealings. There were no surprises and they genuinely cared about the bigger picture objectives of the project not just their own interests.

We would recommend Holmes to any prospective clients as we have only had a positive experience. Their skills would fit well with any social housing project.
— Greg Walton - Snowden Investments Ltd.
I can recommend the team at Holmes Construction unequivocally.

From the care with which a young man over saw the installation of the first container onto
our property - avoiding breaking any branches of the well-established pohutukawa tree - to the
craftsmanship all the builders employed to bring us the finer details of our home.
 All the staff completed work to a very high standard, were polite and friendly and deservedly took pride in their work. 

Tim Holmes dealt with any problems professionally and knowledgeably. The project was delivered on time and to budget - a rarity in the building world.

The after sales service has been excellent. Would I use Holmes Construction again? - Definitely.
— Happy client - Private Residence