Project Description

Ōtāhuhu Bus and Rail Station

Surface Protection

Problem

The glass on the rail network was getting heavily vandalised with glass scratch graffiti, with names/insignia/gang markings etched into the glazing of shelters, leaving behind permanent and unsightly glass graffiti.

Solution

The project specified a combination of clear and printed anti-graffiti film be applied to all glazing at the time of build, using CPTED (Crime-Prevention-Through-Environmental-Design) principles.

Result

Our team applied all the printed and clear 100-micron anti-graffiti film required, onto the rail shelters, bike shelters and bus shelters. This resulted in the assets being protected from future vandalism as well as creating a visually pleasant customer experience.

Description

Auckland rail stations had a problem with glass scratch graffiti/etching vandalism at its rail stations, with many surfaces were being targeted by vandals, including the glass in the rail shelters. Since 2014, AT has specified anti-graffiti film protection must be fitted to all glazing that could be targeted by vandals wanting to scratch tag the surfaces.

As part of the rapidly expanding Auckland Public Transport network, AT planned a bus and rail interchange at Ōtāhuhu, Auckland. Designed by Jasmax and with the construction contract awarded to Downer, ground works commenced in 2015.

In 2016, we were awarded a contract by Downer to apply all the printed and clear anti-graffiti film required for the job. This included printed film on one side, and clear anti-graffiti film to the other side of all glazing on the rail, bike and bus shelters and clear film on all the concourse area.

The project included working with the AT Design Studio to get the art work files correct for printing, laminating and application at site of each of the different designs for each of the three areas.

UV print was utilised for its’ high durability and low environmental impact. A total of almost 2500m² of anti-graffiti film was applied, the largest printed anti-graffiti film application to date in NZ.

*This job was completed by the company GlassMasters Ltd., which has since been merged with GlassProtech Auckland.