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PROJECT STUDIES

A re-enlightened
passage

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PROJECT DETAILS
DESIGN/FABRICATION AND
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Transport & Marine Covers Ltd.
FABRIC
SX-1800-C translucent PVC from Hiraoka
& Co. Ltd; Précontraint® 502 solid white
from Serge Ferrari; Awnmax (colored
sails) from Hiraoka & Co. Ltd.

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n the heart of Nelson, New Zealand's central
business district, a short pedestrian passage links
two busy public markets. Bank Lane, named for
the major national bank that flanks one side of the
passage, was until recently a dilapidated corridor with
a cracked and discolored Perspex roof. The roof let in
minimal natural light during the day. At sundown, the
area was under-illuminated, and surrounding business
owners were concerned about homeless and inebriated
people who gathered in the area.
With input from a local business council and the
adjoining building owners, a plan was developed to
replace the roof with something brighter and more
inviting. Transport & Marine Covers Ltd. (TM Covers),
based in Nelson, was hired to create a waterproof and
retrofitted fabric roof with colorful accents to attract
the public.
A narrow barrel-arched arcade, Bank Lane is
essentially a one-sided east-to-west passageway with
a blank wall on the south side (Bank of New Zealand's
wall). The opposite wall is composed of several small
shops-like the Blink Micro Café, the entry door
to Midcity Motor Lodge and other rental offices-
bookended by a fashion boutique and a photo shop
at either end.
TM Covers proposed a mix of three fabrics that fit
tautly between the arched steel frame ribs, alternating
white solid PVC and transparent PVC for the roof, and
a number of smaller colorful shade sails near the top of
the arc to enliven the space. Backlighting illuminates
the sails at night as well as the arched white fabric
roof, lending the corridor a cheerful demeanor.
Businesses have greatly benefited from the bright, safe
upgrade that has attracted increased pedestrian traffic.
This project won an Award of Excellence in IFAI's 2018
International Achievement Awards competition. -B.W.


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