Street Furniture – Where Sustainability And Style Matters

Aesthetics and ecology have never been more important in defining the modern urban environment. With authorities, architects and designers demonstrating a previously unheard of level of consideration for the visual impact of street furniture accompanied by a never before seen onus on responsible practices, the world of street furniture has changed drastically.

Not only is there an increasing demand for responsibly sourced, sustainable solutions, constraints mean that durability is now a key consideration. Gone are the days when a bench was a bench and that was that. With the high street facing more pressure than ever before, local economies require a dynamic approach to urban development which means out-dated and uninspiring streetscapes are no longer an option. Despite the challenges, unprecedented levels of urban investment are being seen.

So, what considerations should a street furniture project take into account?

Sustainability

Sustainability should play a central part in any landscape or streetscape project today, and seating is no exception. Locally sourced Green Oak street furniture is a great example of an ecological approach. The wood begins its life in FSC certified forests before being sawn at local mills, ensuring top-quality timber with a minimal carbon footprint. Green Oak is particularly resilient and does not require the use of preservatives and chemical treatments at any stage of the manufacturing process, nor in future maintenance; helping to reduce the unnecessary release of chemicals into the atmosphere.

Style

The correct choice of street furniture can play an important role in enhancing the aesthetics of any urban or rural landscape. Whatever the challenge, be it a park, street, tow path or seafront promenade, it is essential to capture the essence of the surroundings by choosing the right seating for the location.

The Green Oak Wave Bench is a great example of how street furnishing can be used to replicate the dynamics of the waves on a coastal waterfront. Robust and contemporary, it is a stylish and visually pleasing design that adds value to any promenade or waterfront setting and provides comfortable seating for both adults and children, making it ideal for family destinations.

In contrast, The Charred Green Oak Ripple Bench is a great example of a stylish bench for a modern setting. Constructed from a single, solid piece, it is an ideal public seating solution that looks great in any environment and makes a bold statement.

Durability

Street furniture can be a significant investment and must be able to stand up to the test of time. Durability should, therefore, be a key consideration.  With 24/7 exposure to the elements throughout the seasons, protecting street furniture from the weather is essential. Durable materials and free-draining seats can play a significant role in offsetting the impact of the natural environment. Another unfortunate reality of the modern world is the need to protect your investment from local threats. Vandal-proof or vandal-resistant construction is a must, and protection from skaters can be equally important. The latter can be addressed with features such as wave-top designs.

The Chris Nangle Green Oak Street Furniture range takes all of these factors into account.

Add to that the fact that we have been in the business for over 15 years, it is obvious that we are the safe choice for your street furniture needs.

Whatever your project, we can offer the perfect, ecologically responsible street furniture solution.

Famous Examples and Benefits of Green Oak

With over 600 known species of Oak readily available, it comes of no surprise that choosing the best material for carpentry purposes is an extremely difficult task.

How do we establish which type of Oak is the most durable, attractive, versatile and affordable?

And better yet: How do you know which type of oak is the best for the manufacturing of street furniture?

Though distinguishing one superior type of Oak for any carpentry project is a tough goal to achieve, there are a few types of Oak, which simply prevail because of their uniqueness.

One of the more notable types of premier Oak is Green Oak.

Green Oak is a fundamental material in the timber industry thanks to its ability to hold a moisture content greater than its fibre saturation point.

It is responsible for producing ecologically responsible landscape furniture and beautiful, intricate designs.

In many instances, when exposed to excessive amounts of water, timber will shrink and on some occasions, possibly distort.

This is where Green Oak is in a league of its own: After being exposed to excessive amounts of water, Green Oak obtains the ability to naturally dry down by 18%; and by holding a moisture content greater than its fibre saturation point, Green Oak serves as the best material for benches that are likely to get wet.

Famous landmarks and buildings constructed using Green Oak

Many of the world’s most established architectural constructions famously used Green Oak as their core material. As well as its longevity, Green Oak also has the ability to be crafted into beautiful and intricate designs, which can be seen in the various examples below:

Pilton Barn

Windsor Castle

Our range of Green Oak products

In addition to the broad range of established buildings that are manufactured using Green Oak, we also produce a wide range of our products using the same materials.

To see more Oak products and to find out more about the benefits of Green Oak, visit greenoakfurniture.net. Alternatively, view our full range of green oak street furniture on chrisnanglefurniture.co.uk.

5 Cool Bespoke Street Furniture Projects

Street furniture is an incredibly popular form of landscape design and production throughout the United Kingdom. Benches, in particular, provide visitors to a settlement a useful place to rest and admire their surroundings. In addition to this, street furniture also helps define an area and provide it with character. Many towns and cities become instantly recognisable thanks to their items of street furniture, which in turn, become iconic landmarks that give people a reason to visit a particular urban or rural location.

Over the last fifteen years, at Chris Nangle Furniture, we have designed street furniture for local authorities, top landscape architects, park developers and many other organisations.

Each project we take on requires a different outcome, depending on its location and purpose. To help show you some of our most unique work,  we have listed 5 iconic bespoke street furniture projects, which have helped define our craft and the settlements that they’re a part of.

Narrow Oak Boat Marina in Northwich, Cheshire

We produced a series of bespoke Oak seats, which were sat on top of stone gabions. We also designed and made 6 large charred and natural Oak benches to fit in with the historical loading trams of the salt industry.

The materials we used helped provide unique character to its surrounding settlement. Fitting in with the historical loading trams of the salt industry, charred Oak served as the ideal material for both aesthetic and maintenance purposes.

Northwich Witton Street Public Realm Improvements

Working in conjunction with visual artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi, we created bespoke Oak Bollards to help transform Northwich Witton by implementing elements of traditional paving, street furniture and engaging public art.

Perhaps the most distinguishable element of the Oak Bollards is the metal caps which were shaped like salt pillars. Furthermore, they helped provide a historical reference to the town’s unique and distinguishable traditional paving and public art.

The influence of the designs for this project came from the town’s history and was exceptionally enjoyable to work on and something which was greatly appreciated by its citizens.

Brixton Primary School Oak Tree Bench

After being contacted by a primary school in Brixton, we worked on a project that produced some bespoke seating and planters for its students.

Working closely alongside a local architect, we manufactured a collection of bespoke playground seats with adjustable feet, from locally-sourced Sweet Chestnut. We also made a very large Sweet Chestnut Tree Seat, which could seat a class of children. Finally, we made some large planters for the playground.

The work proved a big hit with the children, parents and teachers alike.

Therapy Garden Oak Seating


Our therapy garden project was assigned to us by the NHS and Central Scotland Forest Trust. The brief was to create a therapy garden and safe environment for patients at the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital to enjoy.

It was imperative for the garden to be low maintenance as well as relaxing and aesthetically pleasing to both passers-by and visitors.

The seating and shelters we produced were able to provide shelter for all weathers in the shape of two cube units with integrated shade sails. The cube units were made from burnt Green Oak, which is colourfast and requires no maintenance.

Our therapy garden seating project has proved to be a popular landmark since it was produced. We are delighted to know that patients of the Central Scotland Forest Trust are able to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings in peace and harmony.

Green Oak Sail Table


Our Green Oak Sail Table, built in conjunction with Timberintent, stands out as one of our most unique bespoke furniture projects to date. Surrounded by water, it’s primary objectives were to fit well within its surrounding,s whilst setting a distinguishable environmental tone for both local citizens and tourists.

Leaning slightly to one side, the sail table portrays movement and motion much like the water nearby. This style of seating really helps capture the environment and its relaxing nature.

The Green Oak sail table has proved to be a real hit amongst people who’ve visited the area; another great accomplishment for our passionate team of carpenters and furniture designers.

Conclusion

In addition to the ones mentioned in this article, there are many additional street furniture projects that we’re proud to put our name to. View our full range of Bespoke Furniture to see our latest projects. Additionally, we highly advise new visitors to view our About Us section to learn more about what makes us stand out from our competitors. Alternatively, contact us today for more information or inquiries.

The Wave Bench

The Wave Bench is carved from a single solid piece of locally-sourced Green Oak, making it extremely durable. The natural finish complements any environment, and it’s maintenance free.