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C.J Bayliss for Herford Cathedral
Wales & Wales CHICO Benches
Between 2009 and 2011, Hereford Cathedral Close underwent a dramatic £5 million project to restore Cathedral Close as an important public space and setting for the Cathedral. The aim has been to re-establish the beauty and dignity of the Close at the heart of this historic city and diocese.
Benchmark was asked to supply seating to this architecturally sensitive area and undertook a hectic 10 week programme manufacturing 11 large Chico Benches in FSC European oak.
Funding was from donors and many of the benches were in memorial. Benchmark carved the benches with detailed inscriptions and emblems reflecting highest levels of craftsmanship.
The project took a high degree of co-ordination with the Cathedral due to the complex nature of the carvings and the benches were delivered in time for the formal dedication ceremony.
The Chico bench is part of our collection of street furniture designed by Wales & Wales.