John Tait

PositionJohn Tait

Christchurch Office

Professional Qualifications

BE Civil (Honours), University of Canterbury

Professional Experience

2013-present   Associate, 
                        Lewis Bradford, Christchurch office 

2006-2013      Senior Structural Engineer, 
                        Lewis Bradford, Christchurch office

2005-2006       Structural Design Engineer, 
                        Eliot Sinclair and Partners, Christchurch

2003-2004       Civil/Structural Design Engineer
                         Kramer Pacific, Brisbane

2000-2003       Civil Engineer
                        Opus International Consultants, Invercargill

Areas of Specialist Expertise

  • Large residential homes.
  • Industrial Warehouse buildings.
  • Retail and Commercial developments. 

Major Project Experience

  • Southern Response Project Rebuild
    Lead engineer responsible for team providing engineering advice and assistance to the Southern Response Earthquake Services repair and rebuild project following the Canterbury earthquake sequence.

  • Detailed engineering evaluation of existing buildings following the Canterbury earthquake sequence. 

  • Holmeslee Retail Development
    Retail and commercial development in central Ashburton.

  • Dress Smart Hornby
    Substantial three level retail and parking extension to the Dress Smart mall complex.

  • Dairy Corner Commercial Development
    Retail and commercial development on prominent corner site in central Queenstown.

  • Thompson House, Kelvin Heights, Queenstown
    Large superior quality multi-level residence incorporating an extensive range of building materials.

  • Issott House, Lakeside Estates, Queenstown
    This high quality multi-level residence has an unusual structure incorporating numerous blockwork columns.

  • Sanford House, Park Street, Queenstown
    High quality multi-level residence and orthodontist's surgery.

  • Reid House, Dalefield, Queenstown
    Expansive superior quality residence with large open interior spaces creating structural challenges.

  • Glenda Drive Industrial Development, Queenstown

  • Retail Development, Lot 9 Church Lane, Queenstown
    Two storey commercial building with upper floor apartment.

  • Marlborough Boys' College, Blenheim
    New school administration building.

  • The Heritage Hotel Conference Centre, Queenstown
    Outstanding two storey conference facility on a fully developed and challenging site.

  • Meadow Park Holiday Camp Reception Building, Christchurch

Client Referees

Preston Stevens
McAuliffe Stevens Architecture
Ph: (03) 409 2004

Ian Currie
Arrow International
Ph: (03) 366 5418

Peter Rose
Southern Response Earthquake Services
Ph: (03) 940 3440

Jonathan Armstrong
Oyster Management Ltd. Auckland                                                                                                                                                                          Ph: (09) 632 1384