2022 AWARD FINALIST
Sponsored by Department of Conservation
This initiative aims to implement green roofs and walls, at scale, across the Auckland Transport bus network. It is a collaboration between local government, consultants, contractors, local community and researchers.
The implementation will significantly contribute to ‘re-naturing’ the city, building climate resilience, reducing ambient air temperature, improving air quality, stormwater management and urban biodiversity, and enhancing pollination pathways and the aesthetic appeal of urban spaces.
The pilot, completed in November 2021, consisted of the design and implementation of two green roof systems for a standard bus shelter and a larger-scale bus station: the first living bus shelters in the Auckland Transport network.
The standard bus shelter, located in Manukau, was installed with a green roof, housing 5m2 of plantings composed of four different species. The shelter harnesses solar energy to power a water pump for a near-self-sufficient reservoir and irrigation system which stores and reuses captured rainwater.
The Panmure long-canopy shelter was retrofitted with four living walls and a living roof, housing approximately 108m2 of plantings composed of ten varied species and a plumbed-in irrigation system.
The aim is to begin rolling out living bus shelters Auckland wide in 2023.