Artform Urban were selected to provide a number of bench designs for The Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project.
The project has been a major investment into the redevelopment of the town's seafront. . The new promenade, measuring 2.3 miles long, has been designed to protect the town and its infrastructure from the effects of the sea.
Artform suggested a mixture of sleek reconstituted granite and simple natural granite benches for the project as they had to be able to withstand the harsh weather conditions.
Anastasio-Makatite benches were chosen to face out to sea and to partially form planting beds with a variety of local flowers. This helped to improve the appearance of the promenade as well as providing a wonderful vantage point for people to sit and take in the sea views.
Local points of reference and historical facts were also included on floor plaques directly in front of the benches so that they could be viewed and enjoyed whilst sitting on the seats.
Hussein Razak from BCA Landscape said “One of the reasons the Anastasio-Makatite products were chosen was that the seat profile references the prevailing wind and the context much better than a square or rectangular profile, also the slanting profiles were less ‘blocky’.”
Oliver Edwards of Conwy County Borough Council said “The aesthetics and durability make these units ideal for the new promenade.”
Solid granite blocks were also added to the site, to maintain continuity with an earlier project in the development of the area.
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