New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 136

The Depot Personnel Protection System is another critical design feature, which ensures the earthing and bonding system minimises the risk of electric shock hazards and other incidents. “As all structures and electrical systems are effectively referenced together to the same potential, the site can be seen as a Faraday’s Cage, that reduces touch-potential hazards, and creates an electrically isolated earthed island.” Other key features include a wheel lathe, cranes, turntable, simulator training room and cafeteria. Hawkins says a key part of the success of the project has been the solid relationship with the union and other stakeholders, such as Transdev, CAF and iwi who all contributed to the design. “Every stakeholder was able to participate and provide constructive input – this made a positive and significant difference to the end result.” Project:Wiri Depot, Auckland Developer:Auckland Transport Architect:Opus Consulting engineer:Opus/Arup Geotechnical engineer:Peters and Cheung Construction company:Downer; Dominion Constructors Trackwork:KiwiRail Electrification works:Hilor (Hawkins Infrastructure and Laing O’Rourke) Quantity surveyor:Rider Levett Bucknall Project manager:Auckland Transport 134 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT save | share Search 44061 at Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Patrick Reynolds These pages:Other facilities include a cleaning platform for cleaning interiors, a graffiti wash (right) and train wash (left), and a remotely controlled points system that is operated from within the building.