CUSTOM BENCHES STACK UP AGAINST COUNCIL
Draffin Street Furniture was appointed by contractors Evergreen Civil to fabricate a suite of custom modular bench seats for Whitehorse Council’s streetscape renewal project in Mitcham, Victoria.
The key objective of the Station Street renewal project was to revitalise the Mitcham shopping precinct by improving the appearance, amenity and function for local traders, customers and visitors to the area.
Designed by landscape architecture company, Outlines, the bespoke modular bench seats feature a unique locking system, enabling the benches to be arranged and stacked in configurations to suit the expanding Station Street precinct.
Ben Draffin, Draffin Street Furniture’s engineering manager, worked with the team at Outlines throughout the project to develop these distinctive yet functional set of bench seats.
The seats are placed intermittently along Station Street. As Peter Wilson, senior landscape architect at Outlines, explains, “The seats are designed to be modular in that they can be rearranged to adapt to future changes in the streetscape, such as on-street trading. They are fixed to the pavement in a way that makes them easy to move without leaving a mark. They can be bolted together in various arrangements without the need to drill additional holes. These arrangements provide basic seating, or more intimate nodes/spaces”.
Constructed from sustainably sourced spotted gum battens, powdercoated steel and recycled plastic, the benches are extremely resilient - perfect for high traffic streetscape areas.
The pattern is a nod to the historic Australian Tessellated Tile Factory, a former key employer in the Mitcham area. The tessellated pattern boarders Mitcham’s business and retail sector, guiding pedestrians as they move between the station and Retail Centre.
Draffin designs and manufactures an extensive range of street and park furniture. However, they also enjoy working on custom concepts - creating unique pieces that help bring a project to life. Working with clients from design to completion, Draffin has the knowledge and experience to handle any project.
Draffin is a family business with over 60 years in the industry.
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