Christchurch Railway Station in Addington is the only remaining passenger railway station in the city. It is the terminus of the South Island's two remaining long-distance passenger trains, the TranzAlpine and the Coastal Pacific. With increasing tourism and booming passenger numbers, Kiwirail wished to improve the passenger facilities and customer experience while also incorporating current health and safety requirements.
Catalyst was engaged to review the existing facilities and design a new check-in and waiting area that would increase the capacity of the station for passengers, as well as deliver a new contemporary interior with some ‘wow’ factor. The Catalyst scheme removed the original 1990s check-in area and replaced it with a feature timber fin and Autex ceiling, new check-in counters and solid oak fin wall to frame the space. New carpet and soft seating fabrics are based on the colours of the New Zealand Great Journeys palette echoing the natural tones found in the landscapes of the rail journeys. A dramatic black line graphic wraps around the rear walls of the check-in area referencing the mountain journey of the TranzAlpine and the ocean experience of the Coastal Pacific. Catalyst also project managed the build process to ensure minimal disruption to the staff working within the station as well as the daily check-in activities as normal rail services continued to operate. Staff are delighted with the new space, saying how much brighter and more modern the space is as well as supporting their day to day work tasks. They love the natural tones of the timber elements married together with sharp lines and crisp white walls. The Great Rail Journeys experience now starts with the Railway Station!