Sector Education
Project type Refurbishment
Services provided Design
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Installation
Year completed Jan 2018
Project location North West England
Contract value (£) £45,000
Client Manchester University
Landscape Architect: Planit-ie, Altrincham
Products used Cobra Benches included bespoke design
 
 

Context

Located off Oxford Road, opposite the Whitworth Hall, Brunswick Park is the largest green space on the University of Manchester campus and includes seating areas, trees, shrubs and wildflower planting plus pedestrian / cycle paths. The parkland was created on the site of the former Brunswick Street to benefit staff, students, visitors and the local community, and is a central part of the University’s Campus Masterplan vision for the future.

Work undertaken

Artform Urban Furniture was contracted by Willmott Dixon to supply and install a large number of benches and seats, forming the key seating element at the heart of the campus.

The Cobra Bench, specified for this project by Planit IE, was chosen due to its modular form and contemporary take on the traditional timber bench design. Artform was provided with an exacting specification for the bench construction, which included non-standard backrests and armrests and a 35m sweeping curve. In addition the FSC iroko timber had to match all other elements that were being used elsewhere on the scheme.

Outcome

In addition to providing space for meeting, relaxation and social gathering, the scheme created a central space for large-scale campus events, including student graduation. Its prime location also provides an impressive setting for the University’s historic buildings along Oxford Road, including the Whitworth Hall and the Queen’s Arch.


Context

Located off Oxford Road, opposite the Whitworth Hall, Brunswick Park is the largest green space on the University of Manchester campus and includes seating areas, trees, shrubs and wildflower planting plus pedestrian / cycle paths. The parkland was created on the site of the former Brunswick Street to benefit staff, students, visitors and the local community, and is a central part of the University’s Campus Masterplan vision for the future.

Work undertaken

Artform Urban Furniture was contracted by Willmott Dixon to supply and install a large number of benches and seats, forming the key seating element at the heart of the campus.

The Cobra Bench, specified for this project by Planit IE, was chosen due to its modular form and contemporary take on the traditional timber bench design. Artform was provided with an exacting specification for the bench construction, which included non-standard backrests and armrests and a 35m sweeping curve. In addition the FSC iroko timber had to match all other elements that were being used elsewhere on the scheme.

Outcome

In addition to providing space for meeting, relaxation and social gathering, the scheme created a central space for large-scale campus events, including student graduation. Its prime location also provides an impressive setting for the University’s historic buildings along Oxford Road, including the Whitworth Hall and the Queen’s Arch.


 
 
 
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