Stringent regulations which demand a 50 year service life for shelters, coupled with Abellio Great Anglia’s brief of creating more sustainable and aesthetically pleasing installations, led joinery firm Benjamin Stedman to recommend Accoya as the material of choice.
Not only does the wood come with a 50 year above ground guarantee, but its superior structural stability, high durability and low maintenance needs make it a unique solution. The shelters are truly modern – based on durable renewable materials and at the forefront of modified wood engineering – and sit alongside an additional range of modular Accoya shelters designed for particularly narrow platforms.
These shelters provide an entrance into the railway platform area and home the seating and digital services, from ticket machines to signage, making them ideal for unstaffed stations and offering great value as they can serve many different functions. Most impressively, all of Benjamin Stedman’s shelters can be fully installed in just two days.
Unlike most other shelters in the UK, which are usually made from painted steel, aluminium or – at the higher end – stainless steel, these new shelters are predominantly crafted from Accoya, the world-leading high-performance sustainable timber.
These new rail shelters are replacing the older, weathered, steel shelters that came before them, whilst the 68 bus shelters around Cornwall are a mix of replacement and first time installations. An additional 40 shelters now exist along Network Rail, including those at Althorne, Battlebridge, Great Bentley and Harwich Town, with interest for larger orders in the pipeline.
Accoya is the dominant material specified in the design, and was chosen not only for its
impressive sustainability credentials, but also for its warmth in contrast to metal shelters. “After
all”, explains Dr. Yorick Benjamin, Director of Benjamin Stedman: “who wants to sit on a metal
Accoya® wood is produced using Accsys Group’s proprietary acetylation process, which
chemically alters the cell structure of the wood to resist distortion. Certified Cradle to Cradle™
(C2C) Gold in recognition of its sustainability credentials, Accoya® wood has the added benefit of offering peace of mind for the environmentally conscious.
Accoya® wood is available to buy throughout the UK and Ireland. www.accoya.com.