The new headquarters for NZ National Fieldays Society at Mystery Creek Events Centre was today officially opened by the Rt. Hon. David Carter in front of an audience of 170 staff, society members and guests.
Speaker of the House Mr Carter spoke at the gathering about his history with New Zealand National Fieldays and his first visit many years ago, “I was absolutely blown away by what I saw”.
Mr Carter said that when travelling overseas, in his recent role as Minister for Primary Industries, he was often approached by people who expressed a genuine interest in New Zealand agriculture.
“I would tell them, if you really want to come and look at New Zealand agriculture there is only one time that you should come to New Zealand and that is the middle of June and you should base your trip around making sure you get to Mystery Creek to observe the Fieldays.
“Previous visit to Fieldays with foreign delegations have been easy to be part of because of the hospitality that’s extended by everyone at Fieldays to overseas visitors,” he added.
Directing a comment to Lloyd Downing, President of NZ National Fieldays Society, he said, “I’m about as passionate about these Fieldays as you are,” before he officially declared the building open and cut the ribbon with Mr Downing.
Fieldays and Mystery Creek Event Centre CEO Jon Calder acknowledged the project team that had worked on the building, the first stage in a 15 year Masterplan for Mystery Creek that will see upgrades to infrastructure and a staged development plan.
“Our journey forward into our 45th year is all about change. We have begun work to redesign our event, working to better understand what our customers and visitors alike want and need from Fieldays. Our purpose remains very clear – we are here to support the advancement of NZ Agriculture.”
Sited beside the main Gate 2 entrance with views over the event centre’s 112 hectares, the new building has been designed to harmonise with its rural surroundings.
Mr Calder said the new headquarters will be the catalyst for significant change in the way the organisation operates.
“Moving into a modern, vibrant space reflects the dynamic environment our business operates in. It was of the utmost importance that we provide our people (staff, society members and volunteers) with a home that could accommodate all our business requirements and that they would be proud of and feel comfortable to call ‘home’. The building also provides space for us to host guests and with magnificent views out over the events centre and toward the river we think we have catered for the practicalities required to run one of New Zealand’s largest multi-functional Event Centres.”
The 1050 sq.m facility, designed by architects Chow Hill, provides accommodation for up to 50 staff with facilities for society members and volunteers.
“Chow Hill have done a magnificent job on the design, creating a visually stunning building that reflects the heart and essence of what Mystery Creek Events is all about, while being considerate to our rural surrounds,” said Mr Calder.
Nestled at the edge of a bank, the new building gives the impression it is evolving out of the existing landscape.
A 12 metre cedar entry tower and an extensive horizontal glazing system are just some of the key design elements of the iconic building. A unique combination of exterior cladding materials and external sun louvers are not only practical but enhance the look and feel of the building. Decks from the building offer expansive views of the site.
The 70metre span mono-pitch roof had to be fabricated onsite due to the length of the roofing materials.
Interior detailing by the architect is innovative and offers acoustic solutions alongside eye catching features such as speciality panelling and floor coverings.
Many eco-friendly features have been included in the building including: solar hot water, heat recovery ventilation system, water harvesting and storage for fire fighting water supply/flushing WC’s and landscape irrigation, a dedicated aerated sewage treatment facility and rain gardens and swales to control all onsite storm water and excess roof run off.
Fletcher Construction Building Manager Mark Ritchie said that Fletchers were excited to have constructed an iconic building that will enhance the landscape of the events centre footprint at Mystery Creek.
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