22 December 2010

New Terminal on Great Barrier Island

Auckland Transport will open a new airport terminal at Claris, Great Barrier Island on Tuesday, in association with the Great Barrier Island Local Board. Work on the $1million terminal began in early July 2010 and was completed a month ahead of schedule and to budget. A major feature of the new building is sustainable building materials and design. It utilises green technology such as natural ventilation, solar panels, on-site water treatment units, maximises natural lighting and where possible locally sourced resources and materials were used. Artwork and a carved pou whenua standing at the terminal’s entrance were commissioned from local artists. The new airport terminal’s electrical energy requirements will be primarily provided through an impressive array of photovoltaic solar panels mounted on the roof. The terminal is also provided with an efficient solar heated hot water system, also mounted on its rooftop. Great Barrier Island has no reticulated electricity or fresh water. Solar panels and wind generators provide most of the island’s residential dwellings with their electrical energy requirements. Calling the new terminal a crucial transport asset Paul Downie, chairperson of the Great Barrier Island Local Board, says the investment will provide an even better experience for tourists, and residents as well as improved facilities for airline and freight operators, and showcase the island as a sustainable community of the future. “The Claris Airfield Terminal is a key gateway to the island for tourism, local businesses, holiday makers and locals. This is a significant investment in the community and I believe it will bring economic benefits to the island in a very meaningful way. “Great Barrier Island has the potential to be showcased as New Zealand’s alternative energy capital. Claris Airport Terminal is an eco-friendly airport running on sustainable, renewable energy. “Claris Airfield now has a functional space with improved facilities for passengers and airline operators, a new visitor information area and secure overnight freight storage. Mr Downie also acknowledged the role of Auckland Transport in completing the project, Auckland Council, Great Barrier Airlines, Fly My Sky and the Great Barrier Island Local Board. “The partnership between all the parties and their input on the design has been invaluable in creating a landmark building which reflects the culture of the island community,” says Mr Downie. Emergency situations on the remote island have been considered in the design with enhanced access facilities for emergency services and improved facilities for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter.

Source : http://www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/about-us/News/LatestNews/Pages/Media-Release-Great-Barrier-Airport-Terminal.aspx

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