Bus Interchange

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.

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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

  • 100% weatherproof

  • 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.


Due to the challenging design of the award winning bus interchange Hotwire was the best choice, the entire system is made up of 7 zones both internal and external.  Each zone can be isolated for maintenance.

If you would like more information on Hotwire for your project  please contact us directly via the contact page.