Client: Loughborough University
Specifier: BCA Landscape, Liverpool
Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Project: Shirley Pearce Square
Products: Giada Bench, Ideas L Seat, Salgueiro Granite Block Bench
Artform Urban Furniture has provided its range of Giada Benches as part of external building works at Loughborough University. The Facilities Management team at Loughborough University approached Artform Urban Furniture to assist on external building works as part of their ongoing campus master plan.
The scheme consisted of two distinct areas; an open plaza plus a more formal, secluded seating garden. The landscape architect was looking for a simple yet considered design made from quality materials. In addition to providing an aesthetic appeal that complimented the aspirational nature of campus life, it was also important that the products chosen were tough and durable.
After a relatively short process of discussions, the final products and layout were selected, with similarities echoed between the two different bench designs used in the separate seating areas. The overall weight of the Giada Benches was an additional feature that influenced product choice, as it would help to deter any unwanted movement once installed. Finally Salgueiro Granite Blocks were chosen for their simplicity, exceptional value and effortless functionality. This flexibility of use was aptly demonstrated by their application on site, acting both as a plinth for the Campus signage and also as a part retaining wall.