Contemporary Benches for Roof Terrace in London

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 for the area.

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 surrounded by flowering shrubs and plants.

Why not get in touch and see what we can do for you?

University of Bristol charred Oak Sail Cube

We were recently commissioned by The University of Bristol to produce one of our charred Oak sail cube shelters.

The Halls of residence needed an outdoor covered space. Our charred Oak Cube fitted the bill perfectly.

Our charred Oak Cube was erected and bolted to the paving of the halls, it features an Accoya wood splinter-free deck with a charred and scrubbed finish.

The Top Gun Fabric sail was provided by the great guys at The sail is waterproof and flame-retardant.  It adds the finishing touch to the Cube space.

If you would like something like this on your next project why not get in touch?


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, with 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 both maintenance-free and comfortable in use.

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

National High Speed Rail College

We recently supplied the exterior seating for the Doncaster National High Speed Rail College .

We chose some of our classic bench designs for the building. Including the Port, the Slab Side and the Wrap Benches.

The benches were supplied in Larch and the architects Ral colour powder coat finish on the metal legs, which was the same colour as the main building’s cladding.

The benches were root fixed and the paved surface cut in around the legs. The result worked very well.

As ever, we were happy to alter the size of our work to fit your needs. Get in touch today.


How the Use of Colour Improves Public Space Life

Public spaces play a vital role in both the social and economic lives of our communities. From high streets and shopping precincts to community centres, parks and playgrounds, they act as a shared resource where all generations have the opportunity to meet, play and socialise.

Designers know the importance and how the use of colour improves public space life.

However, the success of these spaces is not only due to the urban designers, town planners and architects; it also relies on the community adopting the space as their own. Furthermore, while the architecture, the materials used and the overall design of the space all have a part to play, intelligent use of colour also has the potential to improve our public spaces. Certainly, in the Joseph Rowntree Report – The Social Value of Public Spaces – it was noted that ‘People are drawn to, and tend to stay longer in, public spaces that offer interest and stimulation’.

When skillfully used, colour has the ability to engage people and create a centre of attention. However, using colour in public spaces, particularly interior spaces, needs careful consideration, especially as our surroundings can influence our emotions and state of mind. If you’ve ever noticed that you feel irritated in a specific place, or that certain places help you to feel calm and relaxed, then there’s a good chance that it’s the colours in the space that are contributing to that feeling.

Different colours may influence a person’s mental or physical state

Colour is often used in art therapy as a way to tap into people’s emotions, as it’s known that different colours, and in particular whether they are classed as warm or cool colours, may have an influence on a person’s mental or physical state. Warm colours, such as red, orange and yellow can engender a variety of emotional responses from comfort and warmth to anger or aggression. In contrast, colours such as green, blue and purple, which are classed as cool colours, are associated with calm, relaxed and sad emotions.

The psychology of cool colours

Designers who are looking to create a peaceful and calming public space, often use shades of blue and green, as these cool colours are considered to be soothing. Blue is often utilised in areas of high traffic or where people spend a significant amount of time, particularly as it’s said to have the ability to slow down our breathing and lower blood pressure. Blue street lighting has also proved to be successful in reducing crime, with Glasgow installing blue lights in certain neighbourhoods in the city in 2000.

The psychology of warm colours

In contrast, if designers want to create public spaces that stimulate and excite, warm colours such as red, yellow and orange are used, particularly in places that provide food: it’s no coincidence that these colours are seen in fast food restaurants. However, using such bright colours can also cause irritation, due to the fact that they reflect more light resulting in excessive stimulation of the eyes.

It’s said that some colours, such as purple, help us to unleash our creative potential. This is because purple is made up of both red and blue, providing the perfect balance between stimulation and peacefulness that leads to creativity.

As you can see, through skilful use of colours, life in public spaces can be improved and enhanced. So the next time you eat in a fast food restaurant or sit gazing at the green walls of a waiting room, you’ll understand a little of the thought behind the choice of colour in that particular space.

Charred Larch Cladding – Shou Sugi Ban

Charred timber and the rise of Shou Sugi Ban as a cladding and fencing material seems to be getting very popular and has sprung up everywhere from gardens at the Chelsea flower show to uber-trendy building cladding.

So what is Shou Sugi Ban Yakisugi? It translates as “burnt cedar board”.

This process was invented as a way to make wood less susceptible to fire and to keep away insects and rot. On the face of it, this traditional Japanese technique involves simply burning your building materials.

It goes without saying it’s not quite as simple as this, it takes practice patience and a great deal of experimenting to get a dark even finish.

The idea is to burn the surface of the wood to a varying degree of charring. Then the burnt surface can be left completely untouched, or it can be heavily or lightly scrubbed, you can then seal with a clear coat or a stain. The charred surface is then naturally resistant to rot, pest, weather, UV, and fire; in addition to being aesthetically striking, and hauntingly beautiful.

Charred cladding is having a real resurge in popularity at the moment. It is turning up in all kinds of location from funky city lofts in New York to newsstands on the banks of The Thames.

If you read the architectural press you would be forgiven for thinking this is a new reinvention of a mysterious eastern alchemy, not so!

Shropshire farmers have been burning the base of fence posts for centuries,

The artists David Nash has become known around the world for his chainsaw carved burnt sculpture.

We have also been producing charred timber street furniture for over 15 years for a huge variety of schemes all around the country.

Our public seating tends too be made from either. Local oak, larch or Douglas fir

We burn scrub and finish the timber too a wonderful textured sheen, the resulting charred surface works extremely well in parks and gardens its tough, long lasting and colour fast and the contrast between the black furniture and foliage is striking all year round

As well as our range of charred oak street furniture, we are also able too supply a wide range of charred cladding in a number of profiles and finishes we can also supply fencing in locally grown charred cedar, larch, oak or sweet chestnut

So if you would like too know more about this unique finish and use it in one of your projects ,why not talk too us? with 20 years experience in this field you can rest assured that we know what we are doing.

Chestnut Tree House, Children’s Hospice

We were recently contacted by The Green Fingers charity to see if we would like to get involved with the woodland walk for Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. This was being designed by Ann Marie Powell Gardens. Of course, we were delighted to be part of this project.

The site was an inaccessible woodland before work started, it has been transformed into an inspirational woodland walk that is now accessible to all the children who use the hospice.

We were able to make two 3-meter Sweet Chestnut moongates, which provide the frame for an impressive brushwood tunnel for the walk to pass under.

The garden is a great addition to the hospice, hopefully, it will allow children and families to spend precious time together in the fresh air.

We wish everyone who uses the garden all the very best for the future.