At the beginning of 2012, Merton Council was awarded £4.45m from the Greater London Authority’s regeneration fund to improve areas of the borough.
An initial phase of these regeneration works was the improvements to Wimbledon Town Centre, and the transformation of Wimbledon Station forecourt to improve the overall appearance and functionality of the area.
The Council appointed highways maintenance contractor FM Conway Ltd, who carried out the works. The company cleared the areas of unnecessary street signs and installed new high-quality paving and street furniture.
As part of the Wimbledon Town Centre regeneration project, Merton Council needed high-quality, contemporary, public realm furniture.
In particular, the Council wanted seating for the station forecourt area, but also wanted the option of removing it during the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament, when the station would be especially busy.
The Council selected a range of attractive stainless steel street furniture products from Furnitubes, which would complement the Town Centre architecture and coordinate visually across different elements of the range.
They discussed the removable seating problem with Furnitubes’ design team, who came up with the solution of installing Zenith benches with an F1 115 Large retention socket. This would allow the bench to be removed during tennis match hours to reduce crowding, whilst providing a flush finish on the paved surface.
F1 115 Large retention sockets are made from strong composite steel and have internal retention bolts that enable it to grip firmly on to the leg of the benches, providing secure and stable seating.
Furnitubes also supplied Linx 400 stainless steel 3/4 railings with Kenton posts for installation throughout the town centre.
Transport TRL 600 cycle stands were supplied with a tapper plate, which was fitted with cycle parking plaques and tape on two sides for enhanced visibility.
District “keep-left” traffic bollards were supplied in fixed versions, and installed in the locations where the council had to inform the public of specific highway instructions.