The Camden Bench

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  • New Camden benches and bins
    Author of an ambitious, detailed and prescriptive brief that proposed and coordinated 15 design principles in order to create a new type of public bench that resolved about 28 different design problems. Project managed the design process by inviting and coordinating the views of 8 council departments and 5 external bodies (Factory Furniture, the Met Police, Central St Martins DACRC, the Home Office, and Keep Britain Tidy). This created a range of 13 different benches and bins to provide the right bench for the right location.  The aim of the Camden bench was to set new standards of street furniture design in:

    1) Designing out crime and anti-social behaviour, 
    2) Simplifying street cleaning,
    3) Providing much more inclusive seating, and
    4) Providing counter-terrorism protection from vehicles.

    The Camden bench has been awarded:
    - Design Council case study for designing out crime,
    - Keep Britain Tidy best practice status,
    - Centre for Accessible Environments case study, and
    - Home Office PAS68 approved for counter-terrorism use.