Boronia Station in Victoria’s east received a station upgrade back in 98′ as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project. The station was moved into an open trench, lowering the track level below road height, eliminating the level crossing at Boronia Rd/Dorset Rd intersection. While this project was vital to the town, the Lupton Way Train Station Throughfare including an arcade from Dorset Rd was left relatively untouched. Fast forward to 2020 the local council received funding as part of a post-covid revitalisation project to improve the throughfare, so that the space is more inviting and pedestrian friendly.
For safety, the space was to be made a pedestrian prioritised area where pedestrians cross over Lupton Way, and brightened with lighting for nighttime safety. It also included a pop up parklet with seating and planters for a more inviting atmosphere between the station and arcade.
A combination of customised standard products from Draffin Street Furniture was chosen to furnish the space. Noticing similarities in the design aesthetic of the Hobart suite and Hamilton planters, the council procured a selection of furniture while adding custom touches to the products. The furniture varies in features, adding a bespoke charm to the space.
Bright colours were chosen for all furniture. The use of bright colours offset the lack of colour in the existing space.
Hobart Table Settings
The Hobart Table Settings for this project were made wheelchair accessible. A cantilevered section of the two metre table was included by way of offsetting the leg support to midway. To increase accessibility one bench measures 600mm, to fit between the leg supports, making way for accessibility along the rest of the length of the table. The opposite bench measures 1500mm.
You will notice the leaf motif laser cut into the Hobart furniture’s leg supports. This motif is a standard design option. A flanged umbrella hole was also included in case extra shade was needed by users of the nearby cafe.
Various Hamilton planter sizes were utilised, some for low foliage, some for larger more advanced trees and plants. This project demonstrates the Hamilton planters flexibility in design. Not only can Hamilton planters be made in many different sizes and shapes, the Hamilton range also options cantilever benches, tables and even bar height tables.
This planter measures a metre in length, width and height with cantilever benches on 3 sides. For an open space, this is a smart way to have several benches in close proximity without being in each other’s way and include some vegetation that would otherwise not grow there.
While the space is a thoroughfare for pedestrians using the station, the space is located at the rear of local shops and must remain serviceable as such. Bin Skip Shrouds were included in the project to facilitate a space where the traders could bulk dispose of their waste. The shrouds provide a clear space where the skips are placed, while keeping the space neat. The shrouds also have the same laser cut leaf motif and are finished in Deep Pool powdercoat to provide continuity in design of the space.
Mix and Match
The Lupton Way Train Station Throughfare project uses two separate standard products from Draffin Street Furniture. By cleverly coordinating colours, materials, features and specifications, Knox City Council has created their own suite of cohesive outdoor furniture, brightening the space it was installed in. This also maintains identical finishes or materials across the project. We see more projects coming together in this way recently.