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The two lives of a bus shelter: From production to refurbishment

Bus shelters are a common sight in our cities and rural areas. They provide shelter to commuters waiting for their bus, protecting them from the rain, sun, and wind. But did you know that a bus shelter can have two lives? After it serves as a bus shelter, it can be refurbished and used for other purposes in public spaces around our cities. In this blog post, we want to show you how ENI can help give bus shelters two lives. For future-proof, sustainable urban areas in Aotearoa.

Modular design

At ENI, we design bus shelters with a modular system. We work with local councils to develop this system, which makes it easy for them to use the same design for differently sized and situated shelters. This modular design approach saves resources and public spending and guarantees shorter lead times. We manufacture shelters and then assemble them on-site or deliver them partly assembled.

The modular design approach benefits bus shelter manufacturing and makes the refurbishment process easier. Using a standard design, the refurbishment process can be streamlined, saving time and money.

Refurbishing bus shelters

Why refurbish shelters?

With refurbishment, there is a significant reduction in waste as much of the existing material can be recycled and repurposed, reducing the need for new materials. As a result, it minimises the impact of carbon emissions. This approach is also cost-effective for local councils and community organisations since they can save money by repurposing existing structures.

Refurbished bus shelters can have an incredible impact on public spaces, making them more accessible, functional, and enjoyable for everyone. They can turn spaces into a vibrant hub, inviting people to sit and chat, relax and enjoy the surroundings.

From drawing, to bus shelter, to refurbished shelter.

Where can refurbished shelters be used?

Refurbished bus shelters can serve a variety of purposes beyond their original function of providing a sheltered waiting area for bus riders. Schools and universities, for example, can use refurbished shelters to create shaded areas for children or students to wait for pick-ups, or participate in outdoor classes or study groups.

Councils can also repurpose bus shelters into taxi stands, helping to reduce congestion on the streets. Or in parks, renovated shelters can become a centre for picnics, storytelling, and family gatherings.

How to refurbish shelters

Every bus shelter is different, and the refurbishment process depends on the state of the shelter and the materials used in its construction. At ENI, we assess each shelter before providing concepts for its refurbishment. We try to salvage as much of the old material as possible and work out what concept would suit the shelter, based on where it will be placed. For example, we may add or remove benches, accommodate areas for plants, or install swings on the structure.

The refurbishment process can be as simple or as complex as required. Sometimes, all that is needed is a fresh coat of paint and new lighting. Other times, a complete redesign and reconstruction may be necessary. Our team works closely with customers to ensure that the refurbished shelter meets their needs and fits in with the surrounding environment.

The opportunities are endless

Bus shelters can have two lives. After serving their purpose as shelters for commuters, they can be refurbished and used for other purposes. ENI can help with the refurbishment process by providing a sustainable and cost-effective solution that considers the state and materials of each shelter and provides concepts that enhance public spaces. Refurbished bus shelters can be used in a variety of settings, providing shade, seating, and fun, while promoting sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.

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