Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Unique screen design delivers on safety and style

5 February 2013

Unique screen design delivers on safety and style

New yellow and white screens on road and foot bridges around Auckland’s rail lines are designed not only to protect people but also lend style to Auckland’s urban environment.

The 87 new screens are a joint initiative between Auckland Council and KiwiRail. The modular design was developed by Wellington design consultancy Pollen, will be installed on road and pedestrian bridges across the region.

The screens, part of the Auckland rail electrification, are designed to provide safety with style, with exceptional durability, innovation and sophistication. The use of repeating parts allows for streamlined installation, repair and maintenance. The angular aspect of the modular design makes them difficult to climb on, and they are made of glass-reinforced plastic which is durable and resistant to vandalism.

There has already been international interest in the design, with The Government of South Australia’s Department of Transport and Infrastructure in talks with Pollen on a similar project in Adelaide.

Alf Filipaina, Chairman of Auckland Council’s Culture, Arts and Events Forum, says the screens are an excellent example of good urban design, balancing form and function.

“The project has been a great example of taking something ordinary, in this case a simple protective screen, and making it extraordinary. The screens are visually striking and enhance the urban environment while keeping Aucklanders safe, we’re looking forward to seeing them pop up around the city.”

Adam Ellis of Pollen, says the screens’ zig zag, ‘electrified’ form communicates an important safety message to the public emphasising that there are live electrified wires present, while the yellow colour connects this message to the safety yellow used on rail platforms.

“The design is able to take on different forms by re-ordering modules and changing colours creating an engaging and dynamic set of highly recognisable objects in the city. It makes a statement, Auckland rail is modern, live and electrified.”

The screens will be installed progressively around the network and attached to the sides of the bridges above the wires ahead of the electrification of the rail network in late 2013. Installation began in December last year.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Internet: NZ Govt Lifts Target Speeds For Rural Broadband

The government has lifted its expectations on faster broadband speeds for rural New Zealand as it targets increased spending on research and development in the country's information and communications technology sector, which it sees as a key driver for export growth. More>>


Banks: Westpac Keeps Core Government Transactions Contract

The local arm of Westpac Banking Corp has kept its contract with the New Zealand government to provide core transactions, but will have to share peripheral services with its rivals. More>>


Science Investment Plan: Universities Welcome Statement

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the National Statement of Science Investment released by the Government today... this is a critical document as it sets out the Government’s ten-year strategic direction that will guide future investment in New Zealand’s science system. More>>


Scouring: Cavalier Merger Would Extract 'Monopoly Rents' - Godfrey Hirst

A merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International's two wool scouring operations would create a monopoly, says carpet maker Godfrey Hirst. The Commerce Commission on Friday released its second draft determination on the merger, maintaining its view that the public benefits would outweigh the loss of competition. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: She Means Business

As Foreman says in her conclusion, this is a business book. It opens with a brief biographical section followed by a collection of interesting tips for entrepreneurs... More>>


Hourly Wage Gap Grows: Gender Pay Gap Still Fixed At Fourteen Percent

“The totally unchanged pay gap is a slap in the face for women, families and the economy,” says Coalition spokesperson, Angela McLeod. Even worse, Māori and Pacific women face an outrageous pay gap of 28% and 33% when compared with the pay packets of Pākehā men. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news