A £6m public realm project led by Altrincham Forward to transform the appearance of Altrincham town centre has converted its vehicle-dominated streets into a pedestrian-friendly environment, encouraging footfall, engagement and dwell time.
The three-year development includes new street paving, the planting of more trees, wider streets, additional seating areas as well as gateway spaces to mark the entrance of the town.
Altrincham-based design company Planit-IE – with whom Goose Foot Street Furniture has worked on a number of public realm projects – selected the company to manufacture 25 bespoke tree grilles to protect the trees as well as 8 bespoke 2.6m seats for installation in Autumn 2015.
Each tree grille was engineered in-house at Goose Foot using mild steel to provide robust protection and withstand the increasing footfall the renovated area will experience. They prevent access to the roots and trunk, playing an important role in maintaining healthy tree pit conditions.
The bespoke geese patterns were laser cut to match the Goose Green development scheme as a whole.
Bespoke seats installed in late 2015 were manufactured using hot dip galvanised, powder coated mild steel incorporating 45mm thick Iroko slats with a half bullnose to the underside.
In addition, Goose Foot supplied 12 bespoke mild steel cycle stands (all with intricate laser cut designs) and a wall-mounted corner bench to fit around the Goose Green plinth. The bench consists of 60mm thick Iroko slats with 30mm radius to the underside, mild steel hot dip galvanised and powder coated.
The client chose Mars 2525 powder coating to give the look of a corten finish; together with 2525 Bronze for the cycle stands.
Graham Wood, General Manager at Goose Foot said: “It is a pleasure to partner once again with Planit-IE. As the local landscape architects, their passion for this project was clear.
“By working closely with landscape architects, we are able to modify designs and provide suggestions for the end client (Trafford MBC) to consider and provide sign-off. Altrincham town centre has been transformed by this work.
“The changes have been welcomed by retailers and restaurants alike. We look forward to working with Planit-IE again on future projects across the UK.”