Helping architects make ‘the reality match the design aspirations’ at one of London’s best new housing developments

Helping architects make ‘the reality match the design aspirations’ at one of London’s best new housing developments

Judges have praised a prestigious London residential development’s use of high-quality street furniture which helped it become a finalist in the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2020.

The main contractors for Stylus Place in Hayes wanted to incorporate high-quality products within the development. They turned to Landmark Street Furniture for the solution.

Judges remarked on the quality of the development, including the “incredible style and quality” after it was named a finalist in the ‘Best High-Volume New Housing Development.”

Landscape architects and urban design studio Natural Dimensions said the work and products of Landmark “made the reality match the design aspirations.”

A relaxed environment for residents

“We were very pleased to see Stylus Place named a finalist. We worked closely with the development’s main contractor, CField Construction Ltd, to help create and implement a safe and relaxed recreational environment for the residents,” said Robert Hawgood, Managing Director of Landmark Street Furniture.

“We wanted to ensure the area functions well as it is a space designed for life; for sitting and relaxing, while also catering for children with play equipment.

“It was important to the architect to ensure the mix was just right. So, adults could sit and meet or relax, while children were able to enjoy their own space without the two impacting on each other. It’s a very careful balance that has worked well through the layout of the street furniture and structures.”

A mix of stone, wood and metal materials

He added: “Our design team put together a proposal that included a selection of seating and planters to create the desired relaxed ‘green’ environment that allowed areas to integrate subtly with each other.

“With careful choices in the use of stone, wood, metal and glass-fibre this created a unique architectural feel and look. The proposal also included items that attract wildlife, such as insects, into the area through the positioning of planters and the incorporation of a steel bird bath and an insect tower.”

“The objective was to create a safe and relaxed place for all the residents, young and old.”

The overall residential development was designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects for Paradigm Housing Group. The main contractor was CField Construction.

Supports the need for social distancing

The design is also suitable for the current advice on social distancing due to coronavirus, with seating spaced out and furniture acting as a natural control for the movement and distancing of people.

Street furniture products used included:

Seating

Cross slat planter cantilever seats

Madrid bench

Planters

Planter with seat top

Glass fibre terrace planters

Glass fibre terrace planters with trellis

Cylinder planters

Walls and borders

Perimeter planter wall system

Gabion stone walls

Structures

Softwood pergola

Accessories

Corten steel bird bath

Insect tower

Play equipment

‘V’ balance beam (play equipment)

Timber stepping log (play equipment)

“The use of the Gabion stone walls is a really good way of introducing a natural stone product in a practical way, with the stones held within mesh cages. These are very simple to install and require little or no maintenance,” said Mr Hawgood.

“The stone works well with the timber and glass-fibre products and creates an overall “relaxed” and natural environment in what is otherwise a populated and built-up area.

“The result is a very high-quality and durable finish that will allow the residents of Stylus Place to enjoy an open space within the multiple occupation development. We’re very pleased with the result.”

The LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards are the largest business to business awards in the building control sector, recognising quality in all types of building projects.

The awards celebrate your achievements in the construction industry. They reward excellent buildings, outstanding companies, and partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile.

The LABC network covers all local authorities in England and Wales and is split into 12 regions, each of which holds their own awards.

Stylus Place was a finalist in the London region.

Landmark Street Furniture is one of the leading suppliers and installers of secure bike storage systems and street furniture in the UK, working with multi-national blue-chip companies through to small and medium-sized businesses, colleges and universities, shopping centres and the public sector.

Based near Newtown, Powys, in Mid Wales, it has customers throughout the UK and provides a one-stop-shop for the planning, design and installation of products including access control, anti-skate studs, bollards, canopies and walkways, landscape structure and buildings, litter control and COVID-19 distancing products.

More details can be found at www.landmarkstreetfurniture.com.