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Richard Hancy

If you have thought about packing-up and moving your career Down Under… there is no better time than right now.

Watch Tonkin + Taylor’s Head of Engineering, Richard Hancy explain how New Zealand and Australia are in an engineering ‘perfect storm’.

Dr Brett Ogilvie

I would say the decision should be made based on your lifestyle... do you prefer to surf, do you prefer to ski, do you prefer to mountain-bike?

Dr Brett Ogilvie’s advice on where you should choose to live in New Zealand or Australia if you moved Down Under to work for Tonkin + Taylor.

Nau mai, haere mai: Gidday cobber!

It's time for a seachange; to explore new horizons, tackle new career challenges, build a liberating new lifestyle for you and your family.

All that and more is waiting for you in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tonkin + Taylor offers a wealth of opportunity for engineering professionals like you; talented individuals who are keen to bring their skills, expertise and innovation to a diverse range of cutting-edge infrastructure projects.

You'll work in an inspired, multi-award winning environment along side a supportive and dedicated team, while enjoying that much longed for work-life balance.

With a long standing reputation for delivering outstanding results, T+T is New Zealand's leading environmental engineering consultancy with offices across the wider Asia Pacific region Our national and international award-winning engineers, scientists, planners and project managers stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the world.

T+T can support the ICE charter ship/development process. T+T have a number of current ICE members, one ICE reviewer as well as strong links to ICE branches in NZ and Australia. T+T also have members of CIWEM that will help and support colleagues through this development process as well if that is the path chosen.

Explore our site - explore our projects, meet our people and uncover the lifestyle that awaits you with a move to Tonkin + Taylor in New Zealand or Australia.

We are currently recruiting people at all levels in the following roles:

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Some of Tonkin + Taylor's award winning projects

Onehunga Foreshore Restoration Project

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Pukeahu War Memorial Park

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Waterview Connection

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Oriental Bay Wellington

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From the Isle To Wight to The Shaky Isles: An Engineering Geology Odyssey

A Christcurch Perspective

T+T’s Christchurch office is an enviable place to work and our Christchurch staff love both the building and surrounds located in the heart of the rebuilt and recovering city centre. Like the rest of T+T, the office is home to many renowned, award-winning engineering geologists, geotechnical engineers, environmental scientists and civil engineers. It’s a great place to work, progress your career and live your life.

Much of T+T’s world leading research - and solutions - into issues such as liquefaction, natural hazard mitigation and foundation stability are the result of working in the aftermath 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. These affected everyone on both a personal and professional level. Read about some of Christchurch’s recent projects here [link]. We’ve also been in the news [link to 2 x Canterbury Build articles, Stuff news etc]

Christchurch Justice Precinct

The Justice Precinct is a state-of-the-art development located in the heart of Christchurch’s CBD. The building not only functions as the centre for all emergency and justice agencies in the region, it also serves as Christchurch’s civil defence headquarters. If another serious earthquake or disaster hits the city the Justice Precinct is primed to deliver rapid response and recovery operations.

As an agency of continuity, the Justice Precinct requires a structural standard appropriate for an importance level (IL) 4 building. Resilience for these buildings is the most expensive and difficult to achieve – but essential if a building is to perform its critical post-disaster function. Previous analysis led developers to think that only expensive pile foundations could achieve the resilience demanded for the Justice Precinct building.

Expertise, services and value for money

T+T incorporated multi-discipline expertise into site analysis and solution design. Our subject matter experts summarised their complex, cross-discipline insight and made sure their resilient solution was communicated simply to our client and stakeholders. This enabled buy-in to an innovative foundation design solution which incorporates contaminated land expertise, geotechnical and liquefaction expertise. The foundations themselves comprise a concrete slab atop a 2.5 metre thick cement-stabilised ground improvement platform - you can read more about the technical detail here. [link to existing article with in situ stuff].

Most importantly, the goal of Level 4 resiliency was achieved along with real cost savings – our design was several millions of dollars cheaper than an original pile design. And, in spite of complexity we delivered the foundations on time and within our client’s lump sum budget.