PROJECT OVERVIEW

We recently had the privilege of collaborating with high-end clients, architects, and contractors at Bolton Hospital to design, fabricate, and install a range of bespoke and existing catalogue street furniture products. Our team was entrusted with creating functional and aesthetically pleasing benches, bollards, cycle shelters, canopies, and column protectors, all tailored to enhance the hospital’s environment. This project not only showcased our commitment to quality and innovation but also solidified our reputation for excellence in the industry.

Versa was selected by Willmott Dixon to supply and install the range of street furniture for the significant £40m development at Royal Bolton Hospital for the University of Bolton. The aim was to enhance the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the outdoor spaces, aligning with the client’s and architects’ vision at this newly designed medical campus. This newly developed facility will delivery training for approximately 3000 students per year and boasts a state-of-the-art 4D room and two high fidelity suites which are designed to create realistic scenarios to enhance the learning experience.

Our anticipation for this project was fuelled by the opportunity to work alongside some of the most prestigious companies in the construction sector. We knew that the collaboration would push our creative and technical boundaries, allowing us to demonstrate our expertise in producing high-quality street furniture. From the initial design phase to the final installation, our team worked diligently to ensure that every piece met the exacting standards of our esteemed partners

INSTALLED FURNITURE

KEY OBJECTIVES

  • Aesthetics- To manufacture street furniture that seamlessly integrates with the overall project design requirements
  • Durability- Versa utilised robust materials capable of withstanding heavy use and weather conditions
  • Functionality- We design practical solutions that meet the needs of the public and the environment.

VERSA SOLUTIONS

1. Design & Planning

  • Worked closely with Willmott Dixon and the architects to understand their requirements.
  • Provided conceptual design ideas followed by a full design submission to finalise the specifications and aesthetics of the furniture items.

2. Bespoke Manufacturing

  • Utilise state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to create custom designs. This included amphitheatre seating that was not only visually striking but also user friendly with integrated removable steps which are wheelchair accessible.
  • Designed and fabricated picnic sets and seating that blended seamlessly with the natural surroundings while providing robust usability.

3. Material Innovation

  • Selected high-quality, weather-resistant materials to ensure longevity and low maintenance.
  • Used sustainable materials where possible to align with the environmental goals of the project.

4. Installation Expertise

  • A precise and timely installation process, ensuring minimal disruption to the ongoing construction activities.
  • Experienced installation teams, ensuring that all items were securely and accurately positioned.

OUTCOME

  • The project was completed on time and within budget, receiving positive feedback from Willmott Dixon.
  • The project received excellent Group Safety Inspector audit results throughout, with average scores being in the region of 94 out of 100.
  • 28 jobs were created as a result of the project along with over 200 apprentice weeks achieved and over 40 work experience placements
  • Versa’s bespoke street furniture significantly contributed to the overall aesthetic and functionality of the urban development, creating inviting and practical outdoor spaces.
  • The materials and designs chosen ensured that the street furniture will remain durable and require minimal maintenance, supporting the long-term sustainability of the project.

“The PM, the customer and clerk of works have commented throughout the duration of the project on the quality of workmanship but have also always commented on the professionalism, helpfulness and pleasantness of yourselves, your operatives and your supervisors.”

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