Governors Bay Jetty opening 30 September 2023.

The challenge

The original Governors Bay Jetty was, and with the help of Eliot Sinclair, will continue to be an iconic structure in the amphitheatre of the Lyttelton Harbour. Due to be reopened to the public in Summer 2023.

The community were devastated by its loss after the Canterbury earthquakes. Knowing the historical and recreational value the Jetty provided, the local community, in conjunction with Eliot Sinclair have rallied together to rebuild this unique asset. Preserving as much of the historic character of the original jetty as possible.

The solution

Eliot Sinclair’s role has been to design and manage the construction while being sympathetic to and incorporating heritage elements of the existing jetty. Our team has ensured the design and cost certainty of this project while working with the complexities of a timber structure and challenging ground conditions.

We have completed geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, resource management planning, surveying, and contract management. One of the biggest challenges facing any charitable trust is funding and Eliot Sinclair are proud to provide substantial pro bono work to support the Trust.

Our client requested the use of a selectively forested local timber that is not commonly used in structural engineering, and this is factored into the design. We have employed advanced numerical modelling and special engineering input to demonstrate how rebuilding the jetty in a like manner will still be a Code compliant solution. Our team have designed the jetty in a way that respects the heritage appearance of the original structure.

The Governors Bay Jetty Restoration is a landmark project that has support from local communities and further afield. Throughout this project Eliot Sinclair have remained pragmatic and solution focused, working with the client and the community throughout.

Initial surveying work carried out by Eliot Sinclair.

  • The Governors Bay Jetty Restoration Trust
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Land Surveying