With the number of people using public transport in Wellington quickly rising, Greater Wellington Regional Council introduced a new hub-and-spoke model with new routes, timetables and ticketing. Isthmus was asked to develop a modular system for the new bus hubs across the city. These hubs connect the primary transportation routes in the wider Wellington Region, and optimise the circulation within the road network.
The requirement for a quick and efficient fabrication and installation of the hubs across the city called for a standardised structure, yet no two bus hubs required the same composition as each site had its own complex matrix of contextual factors to be considered.
The solution was to design a series of standardised components that could be assembled in a variety of custom configurations to suit sites throughout the Greater Wellington region, both now and in the future. The length and width of the hubs can be increased without adversely affecting the visual intent, while wind protection screens and adjustable legs can be utilised where necessary. Customisation means that each hub can accommodate different commuting demands and contextual conditions and ensures that the development of future hubs can be conceived without the need for further engineering input.
The triangulated roof panels funnels rain water away from the hub entry while acting as a striking visual feature. Sophisticated, sharp profiles provide a contemporary non-intrusive geometry that can blend within a range of contexts.
The safety of commuters was paramount in the design of all the bus hubs. It was essential that the structures and elements were accessible to all members of the public and met best-practice standards for safety-in-design. Security cameras and lighting are incorporated into the structures, and visual obstructions are minimised to optimise the safety of daily commuters. A mixture of bench seating, leaners and sheltered standing areas provides diversity and comfort, catering to a range of users.
While there have been teething problems with the new hub-and-spoke model the hub structures themselves have proven popular with commuters and will continue to be rolled out across the network. Their systemised, modular design allows the standard family of elements and components to be configured to fit almost any site.