Christchurch Bus Interchange
The Christchurch Bus Interchange, the first significant government initiative of Christchurch City’s rebuild was designed to provide a first class passenger experience.
Our brief was to design an effective and integrated bird-proofing system. An important aspect in the design was to get the right balance of practical applications, aesthetics, and usability within the architectural environment.
After numerous meetings with the project managers an almost entirely Hotwire system was agreed upon.
The benefits of choosing this system:
Its the lowest profile system available at only 8mm high
Invisible from the ground
Teaches the birds to stay away
Does not form a physical barrier
Does not effect the aesthetics of the building
How does Hotwire work?
Hotwire is an electrified track consisting of two copper strips inlaid to a rubber base, when connected to an energiser the track runs at a low amperage but high voltage.
Both copper filaments carry a charge and when a bird lands on the track they recieve a harmless quick jolt. Birds then associate the location where they received this jolt as a negative place.
Unlike other forms of bird proofing where a physical barrier forces birds to roost elsewhere Hotwire trains the birds into avoidance.