Finalists revealed for Mystery Creek Events Centre redesign

[Media Release]

Expressions of interest to participate in the regions first event-scape design challenge, the Master Plan Design Challenge, closed this week. The opportunity to reshape Mystery Creek Events Centres 88 hectare property appealed to 11 specialist firms based within New Zealand and abroad. Organisers and land owners, National Fieldays Society, were pleased with the level of entries considering the tight two week application period.

Following a scrupulous judging process, three finalists have been invited to continue the competition. Each finalist company is awarded $5,000 for this achievement. Assets & Facilities Committee Chairman Tony Begbie elaborates;

"The panel were extremely impressed by the calibre of applicants, presentation standards and the range of master planning experience; local, national and international.

The objective selection process focused not only on capability, but also understanding of the project, the proposed methodology, and what different perspective the applicants could bring to Mystery Creek Events Centre.

In addition, entrants were judged on relevant experience and team composition. All three finalists rated highly in each category:

  • GHD Ltd
    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. Leading team GHD is Melissa Clark, her technical specialisms include urban design, transport planning and landscape architecture both nationally and internationally.

  • MOAA Architects
    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. Spearheading the team from MOAA is Tim Horne who has extensive experience across a range of project scales and has developed a reputation for an inquisitive and innovative approach to design.

  • Beca
    The Beca Group is one of Asia Pacifics largest privately owned multidisciplinary consultancies. They deliver professional services including planning, architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, engineering and project management. They work together towards developing and delivering high quality built environments. Project Director for Beca is Richard Douch who has led the planning components of a number of growth management and / or tourism related projects within the Waikato.

Finalists have until 5.00pm Friday 11th May 2012 to submit their site design and rationale for the expansive Mystery Creek campus. Winners will be announced at a function on Friday 25th May. The winning firm will be invited to work with Mystery Creek Events Centre to develop their design, including consultation with stakeholders and technical refinement of the plan. The first phase of the project will commence before the end of the calendar year.

Further information on Master Plan Design Challenge can be found at