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Christchurch Railway StationChristchurch, New Zealand, 2020 | Catalyst

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Christchurch Railway Station in Addington is the terminus of the South Island’s two remaining long-distance passenger trains, the TranzAlpine and the Coastal Pacific. With increasing passenger numbers, owner Kiwirail wanted to upgrade passenger facilities and improve the customer experience while aligning with current health and safety requirements.

UFL worked with designer and project manager Catalyst to supply furniture to help create a functional, contemporary space using our trialled and tested best-selling Alpha beam seat with integrated charging. Alpha’s simple, architectural aesthetic and modular design create fit-for-purpose configurations with a sleek, uniform look. Its modern ergonomic design offers excellent back support to waiting passengers, and cut-outs for easy clean and a sense of lightness.

The tired 1990s check-in area was replaced by a feature timber fin and Autex ceiling, counters and a solid oak fin wall. New carpet and soft seating fabrics were inspired by the textures and tones of the New Zealand Great Journeys palette, echoing our natural environment.

A dramatic black line graphic wraps around behind the check-in area to evoke the TranzAlpine’s mountainous journey and Coastal Pacific’s ocean-nudging voyage. Catalyst and UFL managed the process to minimise disruption for staff and passengers during normal check-in operations.

Staff and passengers are delighted with the new space, enjoying the bright, modern facilities, natural materials and durable, comfortable seating.

Designers: Catalyst | Photography Credit: Dennis Radermacher

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