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Adaptable Systems.
Wellington Bus Hubs.


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. 

Bus Hubs link transport routes throughout the wider Wellington Region. Each hub is a customised composition of modules specifically tailored to unique site conditions and transport demands.

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 system had to be scalable to accommodate the varying demands of different bus hubs while allowing for future growth. Wellington’s rolling topography and swift winds provided further challenges.

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.

Using a series of standardised components, an extensive range of systems were formulated, catering to a variety of site conditions and commuter demands throughout the wider Wellington Region.

Isthmus collaborated with Metco Engineering during the design process in order to optimise the efficiency of the fabrication process. The result is a durable robust system of parts that minimised the need for specialised installation on site.

The components were designed so that they could slot together with minimal fixings. Self-locating locking features were designed into the custom made elements.

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 structures also take on the role of a wayfinding tool. Infographics strategically line the facades of the hub to clearly display essential information from all directions of approach. A specially designed totem sign hosts essential transportation information.

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.

Team Members
Aaron Miller,
Past Team Members

Earl Rutherford
Sam Gwynn
Suchita Jain

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Civil and Structural