Engineering consultants Beca have today been revealed as the winner of a unique design challenge to reshape Mystery Creek Events Centre’s 88 hectare property.
The Master Plan Design Challenge was launched in March and received 11 entries from architects, urban designers and planners throughout New Zealand and overseas.
Organisers and land owners, National Fieldays Society, sought independent and expert input in the development of a master plan for Mystery Creek Events Centre’s entire site.
Jon Calder, National Fieldays Society CEO, says the Master Plan provides a blueprint for the development of the campus over the next 20 years.
“The plan addresses key aspects such as growth of exhibition space and enhancement of some of the property’s natural features. The flexibility and scalability in which we can use the site can include many natural elements such as the Waikato River, embankments, water features and land contours.
“Creating an events complex that meets the needs of the many and varied events we host enables us to move closer to our vision of being recognised as a leader in designing and delivering world class event solutions.”
Three finalists chosen in April were each awarded $5,000 and invited to develop their schemes, including consultation with stakeholders and technical refinement of their proposals.
The winner was announced today at a function held at Mystery Creek Events Centre, where all finalists’ designs were on display.
Don Lyon, Beca’s Managing Director, says they are delighted to have won and look forward to working closely with the Mystery Creek team to turn the master plan into a reality which in turn will deliver huge benefits for the region’s community and economy.
“Beca will bring its best local, national and International experience to this project and our Hamilton and Tauranga team of more than 200 look forward to enjoying this wonderful facility when it is completed”.
Established in New Zealand in 1918, Beca has provided engineering design for many landmark New Zealand projects, including Auckland’s Sky Tower, Tauranga’s new harbour bridge, “the Rock” at Wellington Airport, the Hamilton Central City Masterplan and the NZi3 innovation centre at the University of Canterbury plus numerous offshore projects.
Beca has won a number of major New Zealand business awards including; Most Reputable Organisation 2011 (NZ Management Magazine/Hay Group) and Most Sustainable Large Business 2011 (Fairfax Media/PwC Sustainable 60 Awards) and Company of the Year in 2010 (Deloitte Top 200 Awards).
The two other finalists were GHD Ltd and MOAA Architects;
GHD has been active in the professional services business for more than 80 years. Since its inception, GHD has assisted global communities to realise their potential and create lasting value by delivering innovative and sustainable solutions. GHD is a company built on partnerships. It continues to be an enduring force to connect, collaborate and communicate with their clients to solve their challenges.
MOAA architects are a team of dedicated professionals based in Hamilton. They combine their individual abilities and experiences from their diverse backgrounds to deliver innovative and successful projects for each of their clients. Their team is committed to common values of innovation, design quality, sustainability and the creation of space.
For further information visit www.mysterycreek.co.nz/masterplan or direct:
Media enquiries to Ariana Tucker, Mystery Creek Events Centre Communications Advisor, ph 07 843 4497 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competition enquiries to Carene Cohen, Project Coordinator – Master Plan Design Challenge, ph 07 843 4497, email@example.com.
Beca enquiries to Richard Douch, Manager BCHF Hamilton, ph 07 838 3828, firstname.lastname@example.org