Custom built bollards and innovative ‘pergola’ style structures will act as the main street elements used to slow down traffic passing throughout the Home Zone. ‘Corten’ steel appears within both these elements. ‘Corten’ is a weathered steel, which rusts and then stabilises so it is sealed and protected. This is a robust, low maintenance material with dynamic qualities that cause the colour of the material to change depending on the microclimate of an area.
The ‘pergola’ consists of seven, 8mm thick ‘Corten’ plates, which are evenly spaced and set on a shallow curve. The spacing between each column will allow maximum visibility through the structure, as requested by the residents to increase the feeling of safety in the street. Low-level planting will be located between each column to soften the appearance of the structures. Each column will be shaped at the top in various styles based on designs for picket fences, individual to each street.
A local engineering metal fabrication company, Parkins, based near Exeter has been commissioned to construct the ‘Pergolas’.
A perforated Corten shield will be attached to the bollards so that they match the ‘pergola’ style structures found in the ‘Street Squares’.