BBS Granite Concepts - Brixton Bench Case Study
by BBS Granite Concepts Ltd on Feb 08, 2012
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In recent times Brixton has been changing and the focus has been on regeneration. In conjunction with F.M. Conway BBS Granite Concepts have been creating the TFL vision. ...
In recent times Brixton has been changing and the focus has been on regeneration. In conjunction with F.M. Conway BBS Granite Concepts have been creating the TFL vision.
Natural stone has been a major part of the design scheme and in particular granite. Chinese G654 mid grey granite paving has been supplied with G603 silver grey kerb in areas such as Cold Harbour Lane, creating a beautiful pedestrian walkway for this part of Brixton.
This particular part of the works has been completed with the next phase due to start in June 2009. This next phase will also be supplied by BBS Granite Concepts and laid by F. M. Conway. The scheme will incorporate more mid grey paving with silver grey kerbs to Brixton Central Square, along with an extremely complex and intriguingly designed curved bench weighing over 60 tons.
This wonderful and certainly intriguing granite bench was designed by Gross Max based in Edinburgh, and was commissioned by Transport For London. Working closely with the engineers and architects involved in designing the Brixton town centre regeneration scheme, BBS Granite Concepts was tasked with making a visit to China to oversee the manufacture of this seating. Our visit included written and photographic reports which were submitted to TFL, this gave a full history of quarrying the granite through to the production of the individual elements which make up the bench. The bench was supplied to the Brixton site which was being constructed by F M Conway and installed in sections over the course of a day. The G654 granite used for the bench was quarried from the Fujian Province in South East China.
The completed site was opened by Boris Johnson on 26th February 2010 and was the focal point of a very impressive scheme
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