Te Awamutu’s hub picked up the Urban Design Award at the Property Council of New Zealand - We Are Waikato - Property People Awards 2018.

It was a fantastic night in Hamilton as Beca and Waipā scooped the Property Council New Zealand Urban Design Award for the development of the Te Awamutu Hub including the Pioneer Park Playground and Pop ‘n’ Good Bike Park.

After 10 years in the making, 'the Hub' offers endless opportunities for the local community to integrate fun with nature, imagination with learning and skills with adventure. 

Beca’s Waikato regional manager Richard Douch said it was great to be recognised amongst six other outstanding entries, including nationally recognised projects in their own right, 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. 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 street 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 alike make the most of it.”

Our landscape architects and engineers combined imaginative vision with engineered elements to create a playground with a difference. The Pop’n’Good bike skills park which was funded byTe Awamutu-based company, Davies Food, captivates a range of ages; a ‘pump’ track improves confidence and riding skills for speedsters, while beginners become familiar with the rules of the road on an easy learn-to-ride course. 

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest said the Council and Beca had achieved “something quite special” for the community.

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