Mainmark won the International Project of the Year Award at the 2016 Ground Engineering Awards for its Christchurch Art Gallery project in New Zealand.

Mainmark’s contribution to the gallery’s post-earthquake resurrection was recognised by the jury with the judging panel saying “the winner in this category clearly demonstrated the stakeholder involvement and support of other team members on the outcome of the project. They showed strong and innovative combination of technologies, which delivered a great result for the client”.

The International Project of the Year Award recognises projects, which have delivered geotechnical innovation that stands out on the international stage for credentials in sustainability, health and safety, and value engineering. Awards are decided based on parameters such as client satisfaction, innovation, value for money, performance against prediction, design and construction quality, safety, and application of quality management.

Tim Pope, Chief Operations Officer at Mainmark explained that the re-levelling of Christchurch Art Gallery was a landmark project for Mainmark and the industry, setting a new benchmark in earthquake remediation for large scale buildings.

The project saw Mainmark re-support and re-level the 33,000-tonne gallery in just 52 days, rectifying foundation damage caused by the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. The ground engineering specialist employed jet grouting and JOG computer controlled grouting techniques to re-support and re-level the 6,500-square-metre foundations, without excavations or requiring the occupants and exhibits to vacate the premises.

Mainmark provides a range of specialist ground engineering and asset preservation solutions for commercial, industrial, civil infrastructure and mining sectors. The company offers solutions for ground stabilisation, void filling, stopping water ingress, raising and levelling on-ground and in-ground structures, fixing anchors into rock faces and embankments, and other related ground engineering processes.