Regent's Bench

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Regent's Bench

Regent's Bench

Lime Wharf By Lime Wharf

On one of Regent's Canal’s busiest stretches between Broadway Market and Victoria Park, there are no benches to rest or contemplate peacefully. Material funding needed for workshop challenge 5-8 Sept

Hackney Idea stage

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Regent's Canal, one of the most bucolic industrial vestiges of London's townscape, is a booming and vibrant stretch of waterway appreciated by commuters, families, tourists and passers-by. London's waterways are the responsibility of the 'Canal & River Trust' and not London Borough Councils. Keeping the waterways open is resource intensive for the Trust, so even some of the busiest towpaths are neglected. Surprisingly, on one of its busiest stretches between Broadway Market and Victoria Park, not a single bench can be found to rest or contemplate peacefully. It is an opportunity missed, which a simple design solution could solve. That is why we’ll create a 100h challenge to build 10 iconic benches which we will put up alongside the Canal in a guerilla intervention during London Design Festival. We are asking for funding for 7 benches, every £500 over our target, gets another bench.

What we'll deliver:

  • Organise a 100h design challenge with Hendzel + Hunt from 5-8 September
  • Invite a small group of builders, artists, furniture experts and other talents to join us.
  • Build 10 benches based on a brief, concept and material set given by Lime Wharf founder Thomas Ermacora
  • Work with Changify to turn the benches into smart furniture which can interact with mobile phones
  • Identify 10 locations between Broadway Market and Victoria Park where the benches can be put in a guerilla intervention

Why it's a great idea:

We estimate that at least 1 million people use the stretch of Regent’s Canal between Broadway Market and Victoria Park per year: to stroll, jog, cycle, walk their dog, commute to work and so on. And not one of those people has the opportunity to sit down for a moment and take in what is undoubtedly one of London’s most beautiful waterways. We are aware of the standard arguments against benches, particularly the notion that they encourage public drinking and antisocial behaviour. But we want to challenge this assumption by putting up 10 benches in a guerilla action and observing the results, also as a way to demonstrate to the Council that permanent benches are needed. Moreover, by turning the benches into smart street furniture which can interact with users and provide interesting information about the area, we want to help Regent’s Canal become destination it deserves to be.

Steps to get it done:

  • Collaborate with Hendzel + Hunt who specialise in hosting design challenges
  • Collaborate with local builders, artists and other talents to make the benches
  • Collaborate with technology experts Changify to turn the benches into smart furniture
  • Collaborate with creative design specialists Clear Village to identify suitable locations and monitor the results

Location Hackney

Hackney has 109 other projects and £1,025,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Regent’s Canal between Broadway Market and Victoria Park

Council

Hackney

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How will the money be spent?Total £3,871

Sponsored Name Engravings - Goes to Material Cost - £1,380 (36%)
Material for 7 Benches - £700 (18%)
Lights for 7 Benches - £700 (18%)
Cameras for 7 Benches - £700 (18%)
Sponsored Name Engraving - Goes to Material Cost - £20 (1%)
Other - £371 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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36%
Sponsored Name Engravings - Goes to Material Cost
£1,380
18%
Material for 7 Benches
£700
18%
Lights for 7 Benches
£700
18%
Cameras for 7 Benches
£700
1%
Sponsored Name Engraving - Goes to Material Cost
£20
10%
Other
£371
  • Transaction Fees
    £161
  • Spacehive fees
    £130
  • VAT
    £35

Total £3,871

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