Proving Grounds grow
With the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds and the former Snow Park under single ownership, new plans are being developed to welcome corporate clients to the facility. The proving grounds have hosted northern hemisphere car and car component manufacturers to their top-secret testing ground since the 1990s. Now, they are looking at using the plush restaurant and bar building, topped with offices and luxury apartments, to attract the corporate conferencing market and, of course, corporate ice driving. Proving Grounds manager Steve Gould told the Mirror the former Snow Park site opened up new possibilities under Proving Grounds ownership. ‘‘Snow Park is in the development phase and undergoing a change in shape and direction,’’ he said. ‘‘The existing bar and restaurant and luxury apartments have been included in the new direction along with the bridge across to the car park area – which will be tidied up and restructured to allow a large enough area for SHPG to continue to grow its corporate event business providing a dedicated facility to host corporate ice driving experiences and deliver the ‘whole package’ in terms of conferencing venue, accommodation and corporate experiences,’’ Mr Gould said. The owners are also eyeing the possibility of breathing new life into snow slopes which were closed for use this season. ‘‘SHPG are also exploring opportunities around using existing ski slope and chair lifts as a fully private progressive competition level alpine race and training lane venue to meet the demand of international alpine ski teams who are looking for fully private all day access to professional level training facilities.’’ To help recover costs the Proving Grounds have opened a tendering process for the pre-fab buildings previously used for cafe, retail, rental, patrol, physio, ticketing and staff. ‘‘The buildings are now surplus to requirements and not foreseen being used in the Snow Park’s future .The buildings have all been built to sustain the elements of a mountain environment so are well insulated and very relocatable,’’ Mr Gould said. Tenders close on November 15. More information: shpg.co.nz
Expansion plans: Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds manager Steve Gould at the former Snow Park site, which was bought by the Proving Grounds in June. The main bar and restaurant building, as well as luxury apartments (visible on the left) will stay, while pre-fab buildings (visible on right) are open for removal by tender. The Proving Grounds have an exciting vision for the site, which includes corporate ice driving and conferences and hosting international ski teams.