Hidden places steeped in history are opening their doors during September, lifting the lid on the UK’s cultures and traditions. The Heritage Open Days scheme sees thousands of volunteers turn out to host events at sites of interest across the country. Many places are not usually open to the public and the programme offers a rare chance to view private grounds and concealed architectural gems. At Broxap, we celebrate identity and heritage though the customisation of our street furniture products. Our services include designing bespoke items, such as fencing and bollards, seating,shelters, canopies and walkways, planters and litter bins. These are crafted to specification and are unique to our individual customers. Products from stock can also be tailor-made to include a town crest or badge, local coats of arms, branding or place name. With contemporary and traditional styles available across our collections, we are one of the country’s leading partners for the supply of street furniture.
Broxap to create a sense of place
Broxap street furniture can be found in cities and villages across the UK. Safe, strong and purposeful, our products are built to last. To celebrate Heritage Open Days we’ve put together a guide to some of the most historical locations we have worked in and the placemaking projects we have been proud to support. Many of these communities are also hosting events under the Heritage Open Days banner. Venues are being added to the events programme on a daily basis, with this year’s theme being Edible England. So if you’re out and about, take the chance to try new experiences and explore hidden venues for free.
In West Norfolk, King’s Lynn has a rich maritime heritage and was once one of the major trading ports of England. As part of our role in the development of the town’s transport interchange, we worked with the local authority and members of the public to design, manufacture and install an infrastructure which captured the town’s background. This included a showpiece canopy following a wave crest design and safety barrier panels which celebrated local distinctiveness, depicting local naval officer and explorer George Vancouver and the town’s iconic Custom House. Events taking place in King’s Lynn as part of HOD include a guided tour of Narborough Bone Mill and its extensive Victorian buildings.
Regarded as Britain’s first city and the former capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has many important and historic sites. So when it came to installing a series of litter bins in Colchester Castle Park, Broxap was asked to come up with a design that was in keeping with the location as well as functional and durable. Our Square Standard Cast Iron Bin, one of the toughest products available on the market, was the perfect choice for the park which is Grade II listed. Although vandal resistant, we were able to ensure the bins did not look out of place by incorporating a classic colour scheme and hand-painted detailing featuring the Castle Park branding. Events taking place in Colchester as part of HOD include free entry to the Roman Circus Visitor Centre and guided tours of the archaeological remains.
The history of Bradford goes back to Saxon times and by the middle ages the area had developed into a small town. Today it is a thriving city with a solid engineering and manufacturing base with growth in the wool trade accounting for Bradford’s industrial development. Although textiles have now declined, the Victorian buildings which were constructed at the height of the industry are still culturally important to the city, particularly in Little Germany. At Merchants House, an attractive first floor balcony and feature entrance canopy greets visitors. The architectural metalwork structure designed by Broxap incudes tiered roofing, a decorative handrail and traditional balustrade. But while keeping to the heritage look and feel of the area, we were also able to include important modern features such as lighting and weather-proofing. Events taking place in Bradford as part of HOD include a city centre heritage trail and a photographic exhibition at Lower Wyke Moravian Church.
Pier Head in Liverpool dates back to the 18th Century and is part of what is now one of the most iconic skylines in the world. The Three Graces - the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building - are all situated there as symbols of the city’s commercial prowess. While the site is one of preservation and conservation, Broxap was able to sensitively design a totally bespoke pedestrian parapet system to accommodate future need as well. It incorporates a fabricated mild steel balustrade featuring a Cumaru hardwood top rail. The parapet is designed to allow individual sections or the whole system to be removed for open air events. The Museum of Liverpool was erected at Pier Head in 2008, dedicated to the history of the city and offering picturesque views from its top floor gallery. Working closely with both the architect and the main contractor we developed the handrail for the fantastic elliptical staircase which sweeps up through the centre of the building. Our engineers also designed a structural glass balustrade that runs over 440 metres on the north and south ramps. Events taking place in Liverpool as part of HOD include tours showcasing the buildings created by architect Alfred Waterhouse, including the Victorian Liverpool Royal Infirmary and university buildings.