A design concept submission for the Civic Square Competition in Hastings has been identified as one of worthy of “merit” according to the evaluation panel. S&T joined forces with Moorehead and Newdick and Davis Langdon to create a concept for this open square, the largest open space within the Hastings CBD. The intent was to reinvigorate this valued public area and make this a vibrant hub at the heart of the Hastings community with multipurpose internal and external spaces for a range of events and performances. Through this, the designers aimed to represent all the cultures of Hastings and the position of the mana whenua.

The winning concept was designed by Austin Pedlow Architects. All concepts, however, will collectively be the basis for community consultation. If you’re in the area, they will be exhibited by the Hastings City Art Gallery until 4 May, 2012. Otherwise you can check them out on the Hastings District Council Draft Long-term Plan webpage which will be active from 31 March.