Urban furniture plays an important role in the livability of our public spaces. Street furnishings like seats, benches and planter boxes make Irish town centres more welcoming, comfortable and visually appealing to the public, while items like litter bins and bollards provide an element of hygiene and safety for the public using these spaces.
Local town councils in Ireland are responsible for the upkeep of the public furnishings in their streets, parks and other public areas. To ensure the best levels of comfort, aesthetics and safety for their public, councils must show a great deal of care and consideration when planning and installing these fixtures. Issues such as longevity and functionality will be vital when selecting furnishings and other issues like design, style and suitability must also be considered.
The various types of urban furniture
The following street furnishing items are most commonly found in Ireland’s towns and cities.
Litter Bins – litter bins made from stainless steel or ductile iron (or a combination of both materials) are tough, solid and vandal-proof.
Seats and Benches – public seating made from corrosion, rust- and vandal-resistant materials like hardwood timber, stainless steel or ductile iron and finished with protective powder coating are long-lasting and comfortable.
Bollards – fixed or removable stainless steel bollards protect pedestrians from street traffic and prevent illegal parking.
Planters – outdoor planter boxes securely house shrubbery and turn urban centres into welcoming, friendly spaces.
Cycle stands – bike racks give cyclists somewhere secure and convenient to park their bicycles.
Tree protection – tree guards protect trees from people, animals, traffic and hazardous weather conditions.
Quality urban furnishings can give a town a sense of pride. This is why it is so important to choose street furniture made from only quality materials and finishes and carefully consider their placement when installing.
Hartecast is a leading supplier of urban outdoor furniture in Ireland. Hartecast have been supplying street fixtures throughout Ireland for more than 30 years and specialise in contemporary street furniture that is visually appealing, fit for purpose and suited to the environment.
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