Seeing red

I like the idea of seating ‘interventions’ creeping into our city centre but wonder if the Southgate Shopping Centre could gives B&NES a lesson in colour and design.

We are a World Heritage city with a high proportion of Georgian and Victorian architecture. For me these are the wrong colour and wrong design.

Union Street seating

l like the dark wood and bronze-like effect of the seating arrangements in Southgate.

Southgate seating
Dark, metallic and good use of wood.

Meanwhile, the concrete social distancing barriers recently introduced in Larkhall have been softened with a bit of planting.

We’ve gone from this….

To this……


  1. Not so much a lesson as a reading of its own Public Realm & Movement policy which sets out the carefully researched, bespoke street furniture which was supposed to be rolled out throughout the city: . No doubt the red ones are cheaper but they’re also nastier.

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