A set of eight giant benches for Granary Square at King’s Cross. The square is one of London's newest public spaces, and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The benches are arranged in a formal arrangement of facing pairs around four existing fountain pools. Design ID carried out the detailed design of the benches which were constructed from 5 segments made to act as a single unit using post tensioning bars set within slots to the underside of the bench which were to be used for lighting. Detailed calculations were produced to account for a range of loading conditions and full scale testing was carried out on the first completed unit.
Client: S McConnell & Sons/ King's Cross General Partnership
Designer: Ian McChesney
Stone Contractor: S McConnell & Sons