Bus Interchange

Christchurch Bus Interchange

The primary objective of the Christchurch Bus Interchange, which was the first major government-led initiative for the city’s reconstruction, was to offer a top-notch travel experience to passengers.

To achieve this goal, our team was tasked with developing an efficient and seamlessly integrated system to prevent birds from entering the premises. In doing so, we placed great emphasis on achieving a harmonious balance between practicality, aesthetics, and ease of use within the architectural context.

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After numerous meetings with the project managers an almost entirely Hotwire system  was agreed upon.


  • There are several benefits to selecting this system for bird-proofing :

    1. Low profile: This system has the lowest profile available, measuring only 8mm high. This means it is discreet and unobtrusive, blending in seamlessly with the building’s design.

    2. Invisible: As the system is not visible from ground level, it does not detract from the visual appeal of the building.

    3. Weatherproof: The system is 100% weatherproof, ensuring that it remains effective even in adverse weather conditions.

    4. Deters birds: The system is designed to teach birds to stay away from the building, reducing the likelihood of birds roosting or nesting in the area.

    5. No physical barrier: Unlike some other bird-proofing systems, this system does not create a physical barrier that could impede access or movement around the building.

    6. Aesthetically pleasing: As the system is discreet and blends in with the building’s design, it does not detract from the overall aesthetic 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.