Newly designed bus shelters on Manchester St the result of creative thinking and teamwork.

Christchurch City Bus Shelters is a large and ongoing project for ENI Engineering, where we work closely with Dominion Constructors.

Working with Dominion Constructors, ENI were contracted to manufacture the new bus shelters on Manchester Street in Christchurch. This street has been one of the most heavily re-developed since the 2011 earthquakes, with much of it one way only. Two new bus shelters were required, nicknamed Manchester East and Manchester West.

With ENI’s design team and skilled engineering knowledge, we put together the shop drawings based on the supplied information from the architects and structural engineers. There were some complexities around this task, meaning that manufacturing certain aspects of it were not always possible. For example, the initial requirement had been to see the entire design galvanised, which wasn't feasible. We came up with the alternative of zinc-arc spraying, which provides the metalwork with similar protection. Working with the architects and structural engineers, we changed some of the larger components to bolted rather than welded connections. This had an additional benefit for transporting the components to the site.

The design was also complex. The bus shelters are large structures, and contained within are smaller structures, which are the enclosed seating areas. The roofs of the larger shelters were not flat – there’s a number of different angles - which meant manufacturing the componentry was complex and had its challenges along the way. The Manchester Street bus shelters are a project that's been a couple of years’ duration, and involved a lot of creative thinking and teamwork. It's certainly one we're proud of, and are looking forward to seeing them serving the Christchurch public when Manchester Street re-opens fully.

If you’d like to find out more about the work that went into the Manchester Street bus shelters, or would like to chat with someone about how ENI can help with your upcoming project, contact us today.