Instead of trying to design a bench that was impervious to vandalism and wear and tear, the approach to this project was to design how it failed and make it as easy and affordable as possible to remedy.
The curved, bolted plywood “seat” panel provides lateral and structural support, reducing the requirement for metal bracing elements.
The plywood seat element can also be replaced easily as and when it perishes. This revised bench offers a greater variety of roles, orientations and seating arrangements.
|Prohibitive cost of installation maintenance repair & replacement
|Specialist skills tools or materials required to install or maintain
|Physical footprint / bulk limits versatility of uses
|Ground preparation necessary such as surface modification / anchoring
|Travellers & Passengers often have hand-luggage of varying types and sizes
|Thieve’s can reach under / behind benches when owners are distracted by noise or observing train schedules
|Stations are often unmanned so easy targets for vandalism
|Limited direction / facing options usually one direction only
|Can inhibit platform circulation or form a solid physical barrier
|Uncomfortable in inclement (cold or wet) weather