Hub wins award
Te Awamutu’s hub was announced a winner at the Property Council of New Zealand We Are Waikato — Property People Awards 2018.
At last Thursday night’s awards in Hamilton, Waipa¯ and Beca scooped the Property Council New Zealand Urban Design Award for development of the Te Awamutu Hub including the Pioneer Park Playground and Pop ‘n’ Good Bike Park.
Waipa¯ mayor Jim Mylchreest said the project was the result of 10 years of planning and both Council and Beca had achieved “something quite special” for the community.
The development includes a water play area, under-5 play area, balance and slide area, new playground equipment as well as the bike skills park.
The existing barbecue and picnic area were upgraded to make the area a community focal point, sitting alongside the Mangaohoi Stream.
“But more importantly, it was how the development created a focal point for the community that was most impressive,” said Mayor Jim.
“The new playground and bike skills park are fantastic additions to the Selwyn Park area and sit alongside the existing Library, Events Centre and Rose Gardens.
“We were able to create a wonderful family atmosphere, attract visitors to the heart of our town and build on the real sense of community Te Awamutu is already well known for.” Beca’s Waikato regional manager Richard Douch said it was great to be recognised amongst six other outstanding entries, including nationally recognised projects, such as Victoria on the River.
“We’re incredibly proud of the Hub and what it means for the community. It incorporates both best practice urban design principles and the needs of the people of Te Awamutu,” said Richard.
“It is more than just a playground, bike skills park and street upgrade — it incorporates the collective effort of the past 10 years, from strategy, to design, to implementation and securing the Selwyn Lane/Gorst Avenue area as a community hub.
“The vision and leadership by Council, and the role the community has played along each stage has been particularly exciting for our team to be involved in.
“We hope children and adults make the most of it.”
The community was taken on a journey from concept through to the finished product, including using virtual reality, hosting walking tours to show how the bike park would integrate with the rose gardens and an opening party attracting 1500 adults, children and bikes.
The latest addition, the Pop ‘n’ Good Bike Park, was funded by Te Awamutu-based company, Davies Food, which launched the popcorn brand in their Te Awamutu home kitchen in 1984.
Flashback to the opening of Pop ‘n’ Good Bike Park and Pioneer Park Playground extension earlier this year.