Babbage loses a Great.

July 2016

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Ken Shores.

Ken joined Babbage in early 1951 as 24-year-old engineer and left in 1954 for his OE, before settling back in New Zealand in 1956.

When Ken returned in 1956 a new partnership was formed, Babbage, Shores and Andrell.

For more than 50 years Ken led Babbage and oversaw its transition from civil engineering to a world-class multidisciplinary practice.

As well as his major contribution to Babbage, Ken was active in national engineering affairs as he served as an executive of the Association of Consulting Engineers, New Zealand, including two as association chairman, and six years as a member of the Council of the Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand.

He served as a member of the Building Permits Committee of the Standards Association charged with the revision of NZS 1900-Chapter 2.

He was a member of the Engineers Registration Board from 1979 to 1994 and was board chairman 1986 to 1994. Ken served for eight years as an IPENZ nominee on the board of the Building Research Association of New Zealand, including seven years on the executive committee, one year as deputy chairman and two years as chairman of the board and the executive.

For nine years, from 1978 to 1987, he was the IPENZ representative on the Classification Committee of the NZ Ready Mix Concrete Association.

Ken was an incredible engineer who was a mentor to many graduates over the years and was well respected by his peers. Ken was a treasured friend to all who knew him at Babbage.

Our heartfelt thoughts are with Ken’s family.

Ken Shores as a Principal of Babbage (circa 1987).