Quakers Friars, Bristol


Quakers Friars is a newly re-developed area of Bristol's shopping district, sensitively incorporating the original Blackfriars Priory and other historic and listed buildings in the quarter.  It features a European style piazza as the centrepiece to an array of shops and restaurants, many of which have outdoor dining terraces, and the pedestrianised development reaches out along adjoining streets and squares.

Clusters of steel planters in different heights, brightly and informally planted, have been placed throughout the development and contribute significantly to the sense of place. Informal seating and tables are grouped with the planters, encouraging visitors to linger and to meet up, and helping to create a relaxed but buzzy atmosphere.

A total of 37 large conical shaped planters were supplied, all with channels in the base to allow them to be moved by pallet truck. 1.4003-grade Stainless Steel was used – a grade of Stainless Steel which offers significant benefits for use in public realm, as discussed here: 1.4003-grade Stainless Steel – The Unique Advantages >>. The powder coat was Interpon YX355F Mars Sable which looks similar to Corten Steel. The smaller terracotta planters were sourced from others.

Sector Public sector
Sub-sector Public realm and streetscape
Services provided Design Manufacture Supply
Year Completed 2020
Contractor/Client Lancer Scott / Bristol Alliance
Consultant Alec French Architects

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