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Street furniture has an important role to play

Improving the look of our community spaces really does encourage us to get out and about. Their condition has an impact on all of our lives, even if we're not fully aware of it. To this end, the ongoing regeneration of many towns and cities has turned run-down areas into attractive environments we can be proud of.

Street furniture is an important feature of this redevelopment. However, it's likely that you regularly pass these items on your way into work or walking the dog without giving them a second thought. Unbeknown to most, the position and appearance of street furniture determines where we walk and how we use our community spaces.

Leading manufacturer Marshalls has developed and innovated products that elevate communal areas into social hubs. These cleverly designed and stylish products help to support the pedestrianisation of town centres, improve safety, and provide comfort.

So how does street furniture impact the way we use public spaces? We look at the top five ways these objects benefit our lives. You'll never overlook a bench or bollard in the same way again!

  • Encouraging people to mill around and linger for longer means creating safe areas away from cars. Safety bollards and large planters protect pedestrians and restrict vehicle access without causing visual barriers to sightlines.
  • Cycle stands encourage people to get out of their cars and take the bike, knowing there's somewhere safe to chain it to once you get into town. This visual reminder also helps to promote the community's green aspirations and ethos.
  • Communal spaces are instantly more appealing if there's an attractive place to stop and relax, eat lunch, catch up with friends or just take a breather during a shopping trip. Well-placed and comfortable looking benches actively encourage social interaction.
  • Planters and tree surrounds offer important green places that immediately enhance the appearance of an urban area. Research also suggests that having plants and trees in public spaces makes people feel better about the area and therefore more likely to take greater care of their surroundings.
  • Litter bins have an obvious function but they don't need to be unattractive objects. Marshalls has designed a number of bins to match signature ranges for a look at offers style and practicality.

These simple objects perform a serious role, and help to create a visual identity for the public spaces they serve. High quality furniture also has the ability to withstand vandalism, so it can stay looking great for longer, reducing the investment of time and money needed to maintain an area.

We stock an extensive range of items from Marshalls, designed for different landscapes, from the Waterside design to the Metrolinia Modular seating configuration for a contemporary setting. All furniture is made using the most robust materials for a durable and reliable solution.

If you'd like more advice on how street furniture can enhance your project, contact your nearest branch, and we'll steer you in the right direction. 

FARNHAM: 01252 711911

GRAVESEND: 01474 331164

BRENTFORD: 0208 569 8888

HORSHAM: 01403 892800