It goes without saying that 2020 was certainly a year full of ups and downs, it was the year for hand washing, zoom calls and social distancing. But getting people outside continues to be a really important part of our mission and if lockdown confirmed anything; it’s how precious our outdoor spaces are and their importance for our mental and physical well-being.
We want to journey through our past year, our highs, and focus on the positive things to surface from what was a turbulent year and also share what's in store as we continue to shape outdoor spaces in 2021.
Specifi - London
At the start of the year we successfully held our first Specifi event in London's Clerkenwell we enjoyed building new relationships and showcasing our modular solutions to a room full of specifiers. We listened to UK Landscape Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and the plan for net zero carbon. Little did we know the wave of the pandemic was about to hit and ground many business and events to a halt.
Foot-pedal Sanitiser Dispensers
When the pandemic took hold in early March communities united and businesses pulled together to help combat the virus. We joined forces with our manufacturing partners Contracts Engineering and used our design and metal manufacturing skills to create an innovative hand sanitiser dispenser in response to the Covid-19 crisis. We have since proudly supplied over 2000 units to schools, restaurants and independent retailers across the country.
Akri - the other way to create large planter beds
Lockdown didn’t stop us and as planned we launched Akri®, our solution to enabling large planting beds to be designed as part of a scheme. Manufactured in our factory in Kent using recycled materials Akri steel planters are formed from both straight and curved panels, providing a variety of designs to suit outdoor areas, including podiums, roof terraces, and public spaces. We are excited to see Akri transforming many schemes for 2021.
Refined product range
As part of our commitment to sourcing UK materials and manufacturing we prioritised and streamlined our whole product range reducing our carbon foot-print and in-house design and manufacture. And whilst we still offer a range of traditional cast iron bollards and the well-known Bell traffic bollard, we now have a range of innovative modular seating and planting solutions that you can combine in any way you like to create unique designs.
The pandemic has certainly taught us to adapt to new ways of working, learning and networking. When face-to-face contact was halted, technology stepped in. We successfully exhibited at the first ever virtual exhibition and met (virtually) some amazing people and attended some fantastic learning seminars. We look forward to being part of this year’s Futurescape where we will be showcasing our modular solutions which we are optimistic will be in person.
As we look to the future, 2021 promises to be another exciting year, we are of course not out of the woods yet but we are hopeful the end is near. We have developed a selection of new CPD’s and Masterclasses which are great for learning from home and available to book now. Look out for more product launches to our modular solutions and an exciting update to our brand and logo.