City Rail Link

City Rail Link station design



The urban design concept for the City Rail Link represents the very distinct way of living and constructing within the ever-changing New Zealand environment.

The key design principles are: function, performance and personality within an overarching principle of ecology.

The station designs provide safe, functional and clear transport solutions. Each station has an even balance between functional design requirements, sustainability, engineering demands, performance objectives and cost, while reflecting the local culture, context and future city aspirations. Embedded in these is a holistic approach to the ecology and wider cultural landscape to ensure long-term social, cultural, heritage and environmental sustainability.

  • Each station is designed with a unique ‘personality’ – an identity developed from entrances through to platforms
  • Ecology is embedded into the design process to achieve integrated, cost-effective and innovative solutions in order to create healthy, diverse and restorative environments
  • The identity and integration of the stations into their local precincts will reinforce both their existing identities and a more pedestrian-focused future in line with the City Rail Link intentions and the objectives of the Auckland Plan and Auckland City Centre Masterplan
  • The principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) have been incorporated, as well as the optimisation of performance in terms of cost, maintenance and safety.

Here is our design philosophy and how we are applying it to each station

Note: All of the underground stations have been modelled in 3 dimensions in REVIT software and the alignment in 3 dimensions on MX. While the Level of Detail (LOD) is relatively low at present (LOD200) it is the intention for the BIM models to be developed to a higher level of detail through the detailed design and construction process and eventually transferred to AT's Asset Management department for future use.