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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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The station's volcanic theme is a link to Auckland city's geography and heritage. Eleven concrete cones, representing volcanoes, feature up-lights that bounce off polished stainless steel orbs suspended in their centres. One of the skylights has an 8m-diameter stainless steel and glass water feature.

To create the stainless steel aspects of these prominent features, Etech Industries NZ worked closely with the architects. Researching and developing cost-efficient solutions to meet the design brief was one of the main challenges. Another was the many hours spent polishing the 316 grade stainless steel, says project co-ordinator Nigel Jourdain.

Marine grade stainless steel was used to protect against corrosion from both train emissions and salt water spray. To provide a seamless appearance and a reflective surface, the steel was hand-polished to a mirror finish. As well as the orbs and skylights, Etech manufactured the bridge floor, handrails and balustrades in the glasshouse link between the station and the former CPO.

Contact Etech Industries NZ, freephone 0800 438 324, phone (06) 355 4550, fax (06) 353 0351. Website:www.yellow.co.nz/site/etechindustries . Email: enquiries@etech.net.nz.

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First published date: 03 September 2003

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