Sector Public realm
Project type Refurbishment
Services provided Design
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Year completed 2022
Project location London
Client Westminster Council
Consultant WSP
Contractor FM Conway Ltd
Products used AKRI steel retaining planters; bespoke RailRoad wall-top seating
 
 

Overview

Strand Aldwych in London is a busy public area well-known as a procession route between Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. The area was historically plagued by traffic and pollution, so people were reluctant to dwell for long periods of time.

A series of ambitious plans by Westminster Council had been designed to transform this previously isolated area into a thriving, traffic-free public space and provide a boost to the local economy. The project, with a particular focus on pedestrianisation, aims to transform parts of Aldwych and The Strand to create a harmonious public realm space.

Challenge

The newly-pedestrianised area with stone walls already in place needed public seating outside St Clement Danes Church. Co-ordinating the wall shape with the stone underneath was imperative, and access was needed to the lighting drivers through the platforms since the stone underneath is illuminated with LEDs.

Solution

Furnitubes' design team worked collaboratively to develop a custom version of its modular RailRoad seating range. A RailRoad wall-top solution was created with a custom curve to match the stone walls, and the platforms featured removable hatches for access when needed.

The RailRoad seating range is manufactured from triple-processed recycled steel (recommended finish system for steel products) and powder-coated in a distinct metallic copper finish. The iroko timbers were coated with UV-protective finish in teak to maintain their natural look.

This project focused on improving air quality, and the AKRI retaining planters were ideal for bringing green into the space. Their flexibility also allowed for matching the geometry of the adjacent stone benches and roads. In order to prevent damage, welded anti skates were incorporated into the solution.

Result

The project not only provides health and well-being benefits with the new public landscaped areas, but will also preserve the historic character and, for the first time, allow people to appreciate the nearby listed buildings.


Overview

Strand Aldwych in London is a busy public area well-known as a procession route between Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. The area was historically plagued by traffic and pollution, so people were reluctant to dwell for long periods of time.

A series of ambitious plans by Westminster Council had been designed to transform this previously isolated area into a thriving, traffic-free public space and provide a boost to the local economy. The project, with a particular focus on pedestrianisation, aims to transform parts of Aldwych and The Strand to create a harmonious public realm space.

Challenge

The newly-pedestrianised area with stone walls already in place needed public seating outside St Clement Danes Church. Co-ordinating the wall shape with the stone underneath was imperative, and access was needed to the lighting drivers through the platforms since the stone underneath is illuminated with LEDs.

Solution

Furnitubes' design team worked collaboratively to develop a custom version of its modular RailRoad seating range. A RailRoad wall-top solution was created with a custom curve to match the stone walls, and the platforms featured removable hatches for access when needed.

The RailRoad seating range is manufactured from triple-processed recycled steel (recommended finish system for steel products) and powder-coated in a distinct metallic copper finish. The iroko timbers were coated with UV-protective finish in teak to maintain their natural look.

This project focused on improving air quality, and the AKRI retaining planters were ideal for bringing green into the space. Their flexibility also allowed for matching the geometry of the adjacent stone benches and roads. In order to prevent damage, welded anti skates were incorporated into the solution.

Result

The project not only provides health and well-being benefits with the new public landscaped areas, but will also preserve the historic character and, for the first time, allow people to appreciate the nearby listed buildings.


 
 
 
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