The Coal Drops Yard, Charred Oak Seating

Heatherwick Studios, approached us to help with some bespoke, charred Oak seating for the newly redeveloped Coal Drops Yard.

The former Victorian warehouse has undergone a dramatic transformation from its past life.

This ambitious work has seen the buildings emerge as London’s newest retail and dining destination.

 

After some consultation, we commissioned to manufacture a range of charred Green Oak furniture.

In total, we were asked to manufacture 30 benches in a range of styles.

These huge Oak sections were then hand sculpted, charred and scrubbed into shape.

The final result is a family of furniture, that complements the restored brick and iron buildings beautifully.

The benches certainly offer a welcome place to sit and enjoy the transformed Coal Drops Yard.

 

Contemporary Benches For Roof Terrace

We worked with Townshend landscape architects to develop an events bar and seating for a roof terrace in King William St. London.
The roof garden was developed to maximise the roof space and bring nature into an urban area.

We developed some stack laminated Accoya wood benches and an events bar.

Each bench was laminated from a number of timber sections before being carved and finished to a site-specific radius. The tops of the benches featured a generous hand carved seat.

The resulting benches were a unique contemporary place to sit and take in the magnificent views over the City of London.

Bespoke Accoya Wood Care Home Seating

We were recently approached by the main contractor of a new build care home to develop architects drawings into a workable pair of bespoke radius bench seats.

We decided on using Accoya wood for all of the timber elements in this project due to its outstanding durability and stability.

The design was developed around a bespoke rolled metal frame, which was manufactured and powder coated for us by Dmet, a Dudley-based metal fabrication specialist.

The benches feature a high back with trellis tops, integrated backrests and free-draining seats.

All of the Accoya wood elements are left untreated and will weather to a beautiful silver grey over a short period of time.

The end results are a striking pair of feature benches that complement the new care home’s exterior and landscaped grounds.

The benches are comfortable and maintenance-free.

If you would like us to produce a one-off bench for your next project get in touch.

Northwich Marina

We produced a range of furniture for the new development of a narrow boat marina in Northwich Cheshire. We produced a series of bespoke Oak seats, which were placed onto stone gabions.

We also designed and built six large charred and natural Oak benches to fit in with the historical loading trams of the salt industry.

Witton St Street Furniture

Nortwich Witton Street Public Realm improvements. Cheshire West and Chester Council’s scheme transformed an underused public square by introducing traditional paving, seating and planters.

We made a pair of concave and convex charred Oak seats that reflected the bracing of the black and white timber building around the town.

We also installed some large charred Oak benches that represented the shadow of the adjacent timber-framed building. To complement this we constructed and installed some large charred Oak planters with integrated seating into the square, these helped to soften the hard landscaping. As the plants have become established this underused square has become a very pleasant space for all to enjoy.

Northwich Witton Street Public Realm improvements

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s scheme transformed the area by introducing traditional paving, street furniture and engaging public art.

We worked in conjunction with the visual artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi to create bespoke Oak Bollards with metal caps, shaped like salt pillars, which have historical reference to the town.

We also worked together to design and make a series of bespoke charred Oak benches to frame the square, with key historical events and dates of the Great Subsidence event hand carved in the wood. The benches were cut to represent jacked up timbers.

The inspiration for the design came from the town’s history. Northwich is well known for its Victorian Salt industry. Witton Street is built on the original salt mines that often flooded with water causing subsidence. In 1880 the Great Subsidence event caused houses, shops and offices to suddenly disappear into the ground.

 

Brixton

We were contacted by a group of parents at a primary school in Brixton. The school required some bespoke seating and planters.

We worked with a local architect and made some 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, made some large planters for the playground.

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

Therapy Garden Seating and Shelters, Falkirk Hospital

The NHS and Central Scotland Forest Trust wanted to create a therapy garden and safe environment in which patients at the secure unit at the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital near Falkirk could step out and enjoy the fresh air, peace, quiet and privacy. At the same time, the garden had to be low maintenance and delivered within budget.

As we have specialised in hand-carved bespoke seating, supplied with inscriptions, for over 14 years: we were chosen to design, manufacture and supply seating and shelters for the new therapy garden.

We were able to provide a shelter solution for all weathers, in the shape of two cube units with integrated shade sails. The cube units were made from charred Green Oak, which is colourfast and requires no maintenance.

We also manufactured and supplied a pair of maintenance-free, comfortable and safe solid Green Oak benches which were delivered on site fully assembled to save time and labour costs.

The benches were specified with carved poetry quotations on the backrests. The quotations were hand-inscribed by us, and the words were written by the patients in conjunction with poet Andy Manders of Artlink Central.

NHS Forth Valley Charge Nurse, Margaret Hutchins said, “I think getting back to nature is very therapeutic for our patients. They feel safe sitting in the garden and also enjoy the wildlife … I think it is crucial for patients to have their own space; it becomes part of their recovery process.”

Sail Table Green Oak

Made In conjunction with Timber Intent. Any size available
From POA