Bespoke Seating for Port Glasgow Regeneration | Case Study

Bespoke Seating for Port Glasgow Regeneration | Case Study

Project:  Bespoke Bench for Shore Street, Port Glasgow

Architect:  Ironside Farrar

Client: RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd

The Project

Goose Foot Street Furniture were approached by RJ McLeod Contractors to manufacture a design for seating created by architects Ironside Farrar.

As part of the regeneration of Shore Street in Port Glasgow, we manufactured a 500mm x 400mm x 6000mm bench made from a solid piece of European Oak, with routered out/painted lettering, drainage channels and stainless steel straps.

The bespoke bench also had to have a routered out recess on the underside so it could be securely placed on a granite plinth.

The Outcome

Our first mission was to source a piece of timber big enough to be machined to the desired size. After a considerable search, we managed to locate a supplier in France that had a ‘kiln dried’ piece big enough to achieve our aims.

Once the piece had arrived from France, we had all the necessary machining undertaken locally whilst we were manufacturing the 316 grade stainless steel decorative straps in-house.

The routered out letters spelling ‘Port Glasgow’ were then painted in black before we proceeded to apply four coats of protective treatment. The steel straps were then fitted using 8 x M12 Coach Screws.

Gary Henderson, Business Development Executive at Goose Foot Furniture said: “Although the sourcing of material on this project proved quite challenging, Goose Foot Street Furniture were very pleased to be asked to assist on such a unique scheme. All our efforts to source the timber proved worthwhile with the end result meeting our clients requirements.”

Jim Stevenson, Site Agent at RJ McLeod Contractors, commented: “We were delighted with the service and quality of manufacture of the timber bench, which really stands out amidst the new granite paving.”

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Goose Foot is widely recognised as the go-to steel fabricator of bespoke street furniture solutions for urban realm and regeneration projects across the UK’s public and private sectors.

We have been involved in many regeneration and urban realm schemes over the past few years, from the manufacture of bespoke outdoor benches for a new park and ride shelter in Guildford to the manufacture of multiple seats, tree grilles and cycle stands for the £6m Altrincham public realm improvement project.

To discuss your street furniture requirements, please feel free to contact us today.

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OnFebruary 28, 2018, posted in: News by

Bespoke Seating, Bradshawgate | Case Study

Bespoke Seating, Bradshawgate | Case Study

Architect:  Re-form Landscape Architecture

Client: ID Verde

The Project

Goose Foot Street Furniture were approached by Re-form Landscape Architects to help develop the design for seating on the regeneration of Bradshawgate, one of the main retail areas in Leigh town centre.

Working for Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, Re-form were tasked with turning the busy shopping street into a pedestrian only zone.

As part of the regeneration project, a series of 14 seats were required to be placed at either side of the newly planted trees in order to create a more attractive environment for shoppers, visitors and businesses.

After liaising with Re-form over a period of months and after several tweaks to our design, we designed a bespoke seat that was public friendly and covered multiple usage.

The Outcome

Bradshawgate seating

Bespoke seating for Bradshawgate

Our highly-skilled team of engineers manufactured the 3062mm long seats in-house, utilising our extensive laser cutting, fabrication and powder coating facilities in Lancashire.

Each of the seats comprised of a fully welded mild steel frame and ‘i-frame’ legs which were hot dipped galvanised, fettled and polyester powder coated.

The Iroko timber slats were then fastened from underneath and plinth panels were fitted, as well as half backrests and two armrests to assist users who require support. As they are set to one side, the remainder of the seat is suitable for wheelchair users and parents with prams or pushchairs.

Erin Basey, from Re-form Landscape Architects, said: “Goose Foot provided much valued expertise and professionalism in developing the bespoke furniture with us for Bradshawgate. The quality of materials and workmanship is clear in the product and the benches have been well received by the client, project team and the general public.

“We wouldn’t hesitate to work with Goose Foot on future projects”.

About Goose Foot Street Furniture

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Goose Foot is widely recognised as the go-to steel fabricator of bespoke street furniture solutions for urban realm and regeneration projects.

We work closely with landscape artists and architects, building contractors and local authorities to custom-build furniture to their specifications, either in batch orders or as one off products.


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Onslow Park & Ride Seating Case Study | Goose Foot

Onslow Park & Ride Seating Case Study | Goose Foot

The Project

MCS Construction approached Goose Foot Street Furniture with an initial design by BBM Sustainable Design Architects, to determine if we could manufacture six bespoke outdoor benches for the new Onslow Park and Ride shelter in Guildford.

The new shelter consists of an indoor and outdoor waiting area, including external street furniture, which has improved the overall aesthetics of the area and provides a practical seating option for the public. 

The Outcome

We manufactured the six 1635mm x 450mm benches in-house using our laser cutting, fabrication and powder coating facilities. The benches comprise of a fully welded, mild steel frame which have been hot dip galvanised, fettled and polyester powder coated with timber slats fastened from underneath.

Onslow Park & Ride Shelter Guildford

Onslow Park & Ride, Guildford

As an alternative to Iroko hardwood, the client chose to have Sweet Chestnut wood which we managed to source successfully and to budget.

Gary Henderson, Business Development Executive at Goose Foot said: “We were delighted to be asked by MCS to manufacture the bespoke benches for the outside waiting area of the new Onslow Park & Ride building.

“We are often required to work with a variety of materials, so the request to use Sweet Chestnut timber as opposed to some of the more popular hardwoods proved to be no problem at all.

“The result was six very durable, robust and stylish benches that enhance the project and provide the public with a comfortable seating option.”

About Goose Foot Street Furniture

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Goose Foot is widely recognised as the go-to steel fabricator of street furniture solutions for urban realm and regeneration projects across the UK’s public and private sectors.

We work closely with landscape artists and architects, building contractors and local authorities to custom-build furniture to your specifications, either in batch orders or as one-off bespoke products.

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OnAugust 10, 2017, posted in: News by

Visit us at London & Scotland Build!

Visit us at London & Scotland Build!

We’re pleased to announce that the Goose Foot Street Furniture team will once again be exhibiting at London Build and Scotland Build this year following the success of the shows in 2016.

The exhibitions are attended by thousands of ‘movers and shakers’ from the UK construction industry, including contractors and the government as well as architects, developers and more.

As one of the leading UK street furniture manufacturers, we will be on stand to discuss your upcoming regeneration and urban realm projects and how we can manufacture bespoke street furniture solutions to suit your specifications.

Event Details:

London Build Expo
Date: 25 – 26 October
Location: Olympia, London
Stand Number: G78

Scotland Build Expo
Date: 22 – 23 November
Location: SEC, Glasgow
Stand Number: F20

About Goose Foot Street Furniture

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Goose Foot is widely recognised as the go-to steel fabricator of street furniture solutions for urban realm and regeneration projects across the UK’s public and private sectors.

We work closely with landscape artists and architects, building contractors and local authorities to custom-build furniture to your specifications, either in batch orders or as one-off bespoke products.

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OnJuly 25, 2017, posted in: News by

Tyldesley Loopline Project | Goose Foot Street Furniture

Tyldesley Loopline Project | Goose Foot Street Furniture

The Project

Goose Foot Street Furniture were approached by The Casey Group with designs created by Urban Vision Partnership, to manufacture a series of fingerposts, signage and information hubs for Tyldesley Loopline.

Originally a disused railway line, Salford City Council is currently improving the Loopline, which is a 2km long traffic-free cycling and walking route linking the multi-user path along a new guided busway and Roe Green Loopline.

Once it has been improved, the path will form part of the network of high quality, traffic-free routes in Salford that have been developed to encourage walking, running and cycling.

The Outcome

We manufactured six entry signs, seven fingerposts and four information hubs using a mix of timber (Treated Douglas Fir), and dibond aluminium. All of the signs have an anti-vandal coating to deter the public from defacing them.

Fingerpost signage at Tyldesley Loopline

Tyldesley Loopline Fingerpost Signage

They are located at various junctions and entrances to the Loopline from the adjoining housing estate and surrounding roads to give direction, information and location distances throughout the 2km area.

With some of the fingerposts standing at over 2.5 meters above ground and over a meter below ground, the amount of Douglas Fir required meant that the majority of the manufacturing time was the treatment and finishing of the timber. However, from when the final decision on designs was agreed, we were able to complete manufacture and delivery of the whole project within 6 weeks.

Gary Henderson, Business Development Executive for Goose Foot Street Furniture said: “We were delighted to be approached by The Casey Group to manufacture the products. Throughout the initial consultation with Casey Group, the designs and requirements changed in order to give the client exactly what they wished the regeneration of the area to achieve.

“Some of the signage required the dibond aluminium to be wrapped around the timber structure and Casey were finding difficult to source the wrap around in a single piece, but due to Goose Foot and WEC Group’s manufacturing pedigree/technology, we were able to achieve this and provide the client with what they wanted.”

Ashley Myles, Project Manager for The Casey Group added: “This is the first time we’ve worked with Goose Foot Street Furniture but we’ve been very pleased with the quality of the product and the fast turnaround. It was an unusual specification, but Goose Foot provided good insight and a great service.”

The installation has now been completed by The Casey Group.

About Goose Foot Street Furniture

With more than 30 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing street furniture, Goose Foot is recognised as the ‘go-to’ steel fabricator for urban realm and regeneration projects across the UK. Goose Foot also offer a one hour RIBA accredited CPD Seminar on Bespoke street furniture in regeneration projects.

To discuss your requirements for your public realm project, please contact us today.

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OnJune 29, 2017, posted in: News by

Bespoke Tree Grilles, Preston | Goose Foot

Bespoke Tree Grilles, Preston | Goose Foot

The Project

We were approached by Lancashire County Council to manufacture 11 bespoke tree grilles for New Hall Lane, Preston as part of the City’s regeneration scheme.

Specification from the client was to manufacture the 1800mm x 1800mm x 80mm grilles from 3mm pre-galvanised steel. 

The Outcome

Formed into a patterned tray to house shaped paving stones, the tree grilles manufactured in-house incorporate 10mm wide channels for drainage, integrated lifting points to allow for removal of the grille for tree ‘guying’, and a hinged lid to allow for irrigation.

To add a personal touch to the project, the irrigation lids were laser cut at our facility to feature the words ‘New Hall Lane’ as a way of providing the local residents with a degree of ownership of the new trees and tree grilles.

Available in a wide range of shapes and sizes to suit your specifications, Goose Foot specialise in the manufacture of bespoke tree grilles with intricate laser cut designs. They are available in stainless or mild steel and can be powder coated to any RAL colour. Custom logos and shapes can be integrated to match any urban realm regeneration scheme.

About Goose Foot Street Furniture

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Goose Foot is widely recognised as the go-to steel fabricator of street furniture solutions for urban realm and regeneration projects across the UK’s public and private sectors.

We work closely with landscape artists and architects, building contractors and local authorities to custom-build furniture to your specifications, either in batch orders or as one-off bespoke products.

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New RIBA Approved CPD Seminar! | Goose Foot

New RIBA Approved CPD Seminar! | Goose Foot

Goose Foot Street Furniture is now a member of the RIBA CPD Providers Network

We are pleased to announce that Goose Foot is now offering construction professionals (including architects and specifiers) the opportunity to attend a RIBA approved CPD seminar, covering considerations and potential issues when specifying bespoke street furniture in regeneration projects.

As part of the RIBA CPD Providers Network, we understand the importance of delivering relevant and up to date information about street furniture and the many considerations which need to be taken into account when designing/specifying products.

RIBA Assessed Material logoThe RIBA accredited seminar is free of charge and lasts approximately one hour, including questions and answers, at a location that suits you. Not only that, but it counts towards your required continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

In addition to the seminar, we will also be offering factory tours at our parent engineering and fabrication company WEC Group Ltd in Lancashire, giving you an insight into our capacity and capabilities.

The CPD seminar is delivered by our experienced representatives with over 10 years’ experience in the furniture industry. If you are interested in booking a session, please contact us on 01254 700213 or email enquiries@goosefootuk.com.

About Goose Foot Street Furniture

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Goose Foot is widely recognised as the go-to steel fabricator of street furniture solutions for urban realm and regeneration projects across the UK’s public and private sectors.

We work closely with landscape artists and architects, building contractors and local authorities to custom-build furniture to your specifications, either in batch orders or as one-off bespoke products.

We also specialise in the manufacture of bandstands, gazebos and picnic sets for parks, playgrounds and public spaces. Recognised as focal points in urban environments, these contemporary or traditional structures can be off the shelf or completely bespoke.

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OnFebruary 13, 2017, posted in: News by

Satin Polished Stainless Steel Maintenance | Goose Foot

Satin Polished Stainless Steel Maintenance | Goose Foot

Schedule of Routine Maintenance

Satin polished stainless steel furniture is sometimes seen as low maintenance. However, a regular maintenance routine is still important and the products should be cleaned every two months at least to uphold their aesthetic appeal.

Care should be taken to safeguard both operatives and pedestrians within the working area. An initial risk assessment and associated hazards should be identified as part of the overall maintenance regime, and a safe system of work should be identified/established and adhered to.

Stage 1 – Cleaning

Wash down with warm soapy water, hose off and dry with chamois leather or lint free cloth.

No other cleaner should be required at this stage, subject to environmental conditions and specific areas of heavy soiling or damage.

Stage 2 – Repairs

Rust marks or staining on stainless steels is unlikely to be the result of corrosion to the stainless steel itself (similar marks may also be found on porcelain and plastic sinks).

These marks are likely to be a result of small particles of carbon steel becoming attached/embedded in the surface. In damp environments and coastal locations, these iron particles rust and cause staining.

Rust marks, heavy soiling and light scratch marks can be removed by abrading the surface in the direction of the existing polish grain, using 3M SCOTCH BRITE 07521 A.F.N. abrasive cloth.

Goose Foot Stainless Steel Seats

Our range of satin-polished stainless steel seats are engineered to combine rugged all-weather performance with ergonomic profiles.

In addition to our standard range, we also specialise in the manufacture of bespoke street furniture products, so if you have a design in mind already or if you would like to discuss your upcoming projects, please feel free to contact us on enquiries@goosefootuk.com or call 01254 700213. 

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Tips for taking care of Iroko Timber Seats | Goose Foot

Tips for taking care of Iroko Timber Seats | Goose Foot

Schedule of routine maintenance for Iroko Timber Slats

Iroko is a highly durable hardwood that is both insect and rot resistant, making it the ideal type of wood for street furniture products.

To prevent Iroko slatted seats from staining, aging or discolouring, teak oil can be used as a protective measure to repel water and shield the wood from sun and weather.

Generally, it contains boiled linseed or tung oil as the main ingredient as well as mould inhibitors and chemicals that filter harmful ultraviolet rays.

We recommend the following routine is carried out every six months, preferably in spring and autumn, to help the Iroko reach its full service life of around 30 years:

- Wash the surface with a commercial wood cleaner to remove dirt and stains. If the wood was previously sealed, sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper to remove the varnish, polyurethane or other wood sealants prior to washing

- Rinse the surface thoroughly and allow it to dry completely. Drying times vary depending on temperatures and outside weather conditions.

- Dip a lint-free cloth, soft natural-bristle paintbrush or short-napped roller into the teak oil to saturate, and apply it to the surface following the wood grain.

- Allow the teak oil to sit on the wood surface according to the manufacturer’s directions, generally 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the brand.

- Rub the surface with a clean lint-free cloth to remove excess oil, following the wood grain.

- Repeat as necessary to achieve the desired finish. Allow each coat to dry for four to six hours between applications.

Timber Slatted Seats

magellan-timber-slatted-bench

Magellan Timber Slatted Seat

A range of our timber slatted seats, including the Emperor seat, are made using ethically sourced Iroko slats.

Our range of timber slatted seats also include the Lander seat with a mild steel frame and the Magellan timber slatted seat with a satin polished stainless steel frame.

If you would like to discuss your street furniture requirements, or if you would like some advice about how to care for Iroko street furniture products, please feel free to contact us today.

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OnOctober 11, 2016, posted in: News by

Frederick Gough School | Case Study

Frederick Gough School | Case Study

The Project

Goose Foot Street Furniture designed and manufactured 10 curved Tula benches and 9 bespoke Tula tables for Frederick Gough School in Scunthorpe.

Staff at the school wanted to provide outdoor seating areas and improve the aesthetics of the playground, in addition to creating an outdoor eating option for pupils.

Going forward, the staff met with the Student Council and provided options for the pupils to decide how they wanted their areas to look. The request was made for the benches to be curved, without backs and for them to be placed around the perimeter of the playground.

The dining tables needed to be of a height that enabled the pupils to stand and eat together.

The Outcome

Each of the 1800m long bespoke benches were manufactured using galvanised mild steel and powder coated in-house to match the school colours; red, grey and blue.

The curved radius was determined by a curved painted feature on the playground surface. Gary Henderson, Business Development Executive at Goose Foot said: “We designed the radius of the benches to blend in with the curved feature, providing an aesthetically pleasing series of rest and relaxation positions for the students.”

Bespoke tables

Bespoke Tula Tables by Goose Foot

The bespoke Tula tables were then designed and manufactured following the exact same style, material and colour range of the benches but with extended legs to bring the table height up to 1150mm from the floor.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Although only recently in situ, the tables and benches appear robust and aesthetically attractive and will hopefully give good service long into the future.”

The benches were scattered around different parts of the playground and the tables installed immediately adjacent to the main indoor canteen area, providing easy access and space for up to 54 pupils to use comfortably.

About Goose Foot Street Furniture

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Goose Foot is widely recognised as the go-to steel fabricator of street furniture solutions for urban realm and regeneration projects across the UK’s public and private sectors.

We work closely with landscape artists and architects, building contractors and local authorities to custom-build furniture to your specifications, either in batch orders or as one-off bespoke products.

We also specialise in the manufacture of bandstands, gazebos and picnic sets for parks, playgrounds and public spaces. Recognised as focal points in urban environments, these contemporary or traditional structures can be off the shelf or completely bespoke.

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