Britomart Station - Mobility Research

Britomart Station - Dual-Purpose Tactiles

Britomart  has long been a part of Auckland City's heritage. Having narrowly avoided demolition several times throughout the years, finally a new proposal was developed for a mixed-use community at Britomart Station that would preserve its special heritage, and in 2002 Auckland City Council put the development contract up for tender.

After an international design competition and a lengthy competitive bid process, the right to the Britomart development was won by the Bluewater Consortium.

In 2003 CNC Machining won the tender through Mobility Research Center to make several thousand dual purpose safety tactiles for the station's upgrade. Serving the purpose of safety markers for the visually impaired, these tactiles were also designed to give a visual bling to the underground passenger stops.

The sheer numbers involved in this project made it the largest contract that CNC Machining had endeavoured to undergo at the time. With the tooling and machine knowledge our staff have, we were able to bring cycle times down to mere seconds, and with the introduction of bar-feed machines, each individual tactile was brought off the machine untouched by human hands and free of imperfections every time.

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