Stainless steel in street furniture
New building developments must meet advanced standards set by local and central governments which are designed to ensure that materials are capable of being re-cycled without damaging the environment and without the need for potentially harmful landfill sites. Among the more sustainable materials that can be used is stainless steel. This material is durable, aesthetically pleasing, safe, hygienic, and its high strength to weight ratio means that thinner gauges may be specified without sacrificing strength. Stainless steel is the ideal solution in a wide range of urban applications, including the Architecture, Building and Construction (ABC) sector of the market as well as sculptures and other forms of urban art and street furniture. The low maintenance requirements of this material and its extended life make it an attractive option for urban authorities which require cost-effective long-term solutions. This brochure is an exhibition of contemporary ideas from around the world, with descriptions of each example and details of locations and material suppliers.