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Concrete, metal and glass softened by colour and texture, provide a dramatic backdrop for the Britomart Transport Centre

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Making the station safe and accessible to all members of the public was a priority. The architects wanted a tactile system for the visually impaired that would not only meet specific performance criteria but provide an aesthetic feature.

Mobility Research Centre was commissioned to develop a new system using stainless steel tactile ground surface indicators. Comprising raised textured patterns integrated with the floor surface, these tactile indicators give warnings of hazards and directional information to blind or visually impaired pedestrians though contact by foot or cane, says managing director Michael Browne.

"Traditional tactile indicators are produced in modular form and installed as complete units. However, the design requirements for Britomart called for about 250,000 individual stainless steel indicators, with each individually fixed to a variety of floor surfaces. To meet this challenge, Mobility Research Centre had to develop an intricate installation system."

For further information, contact Mobility Research Centre, PO Box 9518, Newmarket, Auckland, phone (09) 520 4953, fax (09) 524 4177. Email: mobilityresearch@xtra.co.nz.

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First published date: 03 September 2003

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