The Chico is a universal bench that is substantial, comfortable and superbly detailed, Full bench, backless bench and chair options are available in various lengths and finishes, with an optional armrest available for the larger benches.

We make the Chico in FSC European Oak or FSC Iroko with a natural finish with waxed end grains.

Dimensions: w150 d53 h57



Availability: In stock
Total price: £ 1163

 

 

Bespoke option

If you are specifying our outdoor furniture for public spaces, please contact us for more detailed specifications and prices. We offer a bespoke design service for large projects.

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In the public eye...

In the public eye...

Our outdoor furniture has been specified for many public spaces all around the UK and overseas including St Paul's Cathedral, the London Barbican, Bexhill Seafront and the Millenium Park, Jersey.  Click the image to find out more.

About the designers...

About the designers...

Husband and wife team, Wales & Wales, have built their reputations with outstanding and innovative furniture designs for private and corporate clients. Their vision was to bring the high ideals realised in their interior furniture to the world of outdoor furniture and their designs can be seen in public parks, galleries & museums, town centres and shopping centres around the country as well as in private gardens.

Material & colour swatches

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Ordering and Delivery

How to Order

Please call us on 01488 608020 to order outdoor furniture so that we can provide you with a delivery cost.  We are always happy to chat through timber choices. Alternatively e-mail sales@benchmarkfurniture.com or better still, visit us at our showroom and while you are here, we would be delighted to show you around the workshop.

Lead Times

All our pieces are made to order and crafted to the highest quality. We don't cut corners or compromise our standards so please be aware that your order may sometimes take up to 8 weeks. We will e-mail you when we have booked your order into the workshop and give you an estimated delivery date. We will be in  touch again in the weeks prior to delivery.

Delivery

We have our own fleet of vehicles and drivers to ensure safe delivery. Where we can’t deliver ourselves due to distance, we work with partner companies who offer the same high quality service and care.  Your furniture will be carefully blanket wrapped to protect it whilst in transit, unwrapped and assembled as required. 

Peace of Mind

We take pride in all our goods being made to exceptional standards but because things sometimes go wrong, our returns policy states that where a damaged or faulty piece of furniture is delivered, we will do our utmost to rectify the error as quickly as possible. If you are unhappy with your purchase for other reasons, let us know within seven days and we will guarantee a refund providing the item is returned in "as new condition" within 14 days. Unfortunately we are unable to refund shipping, handling or insurance charges, except of course in the case of any errors on our part. Bespoke pieces made to special order cannot be refunded, unless there is a fault with the product.
We are confident that our furniture will stand the test of time and offer a five year guarantee against defective workmanship and materials.

If you would like to chat through the timber, finishes or would like to see samples before you order, please call us on 01488 608020 or e-mail sales@benchmarkfurniture.com 

 
Care guides

Care and Installation Instructions for Street & Park Furniture

 

Introduction

The Wales & Wales Collection of Street and Park Furniture utilises a combination of FSC hardwoods (primarily European oak and Iroko) for seat and back slats, cast aluminium leg sections, with smaller componentry in stainless steel. Metal components are usually powder-coated with cellulose enamel similar to that used on cars. The benches are made entirely in England.
 
Metal Comonents
Chico and Harpo are currently the only all timber benches in the range. All other designs rely upon aluminium castings or stainless steel fabrications for base, arms and back supports.
 
All castings are made in Aluminium to BS1490 spec. LM6. The components are sand-cast or die-cast and then powder coated with cellulose enamel to a RAL colour reference. Standard colours may be offered with other colours available to special order.
 
Stainless steel components are made from architectural-grade flat bar with a brushed or powder coated finish.
 
Aluminium is 100% recyclable without any loss of its natural qualities; approximately 85% of construction materials are derived from recycled material.
 
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, with approximately 60% of construction materials derived from recycled material.

European Oak
All European Oak is supplied with FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) accreditation, or equivalent verification that the timber has been obtained from legally sustainable sources.  Oak is a traditional course grained timber with great strength. Exterior longevity is around 15 to 25 years.  When exposed to the elements ‘checking’ can occur to the surface of the timber (opening and closing of the grain), this is a natural process caused by changes in the weather and does not affect the structural integrity of the timber. Checking may appear almost as soon as the furniture is put outside and will stabilize over the first few years. Using prime grade fully seasoned wood in sensible sized (not overly large) sections ensures checking is reduced to a minimum.

Iroko 
All Iroko is supplied with FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) accreditation, or equivalent verification that the timber has been obtained from legally sustainable sources.  Iroko is close-grained strong stable timber with a reddish appearance, exterior longevity is in the region of 25 years plus. The timber generally shows little detrimental effect when exposed to the outdoor elements.
 
Timber Finishes & Leaching 
Oak and Iroko can be used in their natural state without lacquers or varnishes, the end grains of the timber sections are simply waxed to avoid the ingress of moisture.
 
Oak is naturally durable due partly to the tannic acid in the wood. For the first few months when new oak is first left out in the elements rainwater may cause the tannin to leach from the wood that can sometimes mark pale stone paving beneath the bench and cause temporary watermarks on the wood itself. If staining to paving does occur, it will after a year or so, be bleached out by the effects of the sun and rain, but for quick removal a proprietary stone cleaning agent can be used such as Hagesan Patio Cleaner from HG Systems. The process of leaching tannin does not tend to occur with Iroko so this may be a better choice of timber for certain installations.
 
Finishing with Danish oil will reduce the effects of tannin leaching from the timber, however most sealant type products will need re-applying every year or two.
 

Positioning Benches

Damage is most likely to occur to furniture when it is in transit or being positioned so care is needed when handling benches and locating them into their final positions. Generally speaking 2 people can move a bench, but particular care should be taken with benches in the larger sizes and it may be beneficial to use a purpose made trolley. The benches are delivered to site fully assembled and it is important that the units are not dropped as this may damage the cast leg sections. Chipping or scratching will occur to the metal finishes if allowed to come into contact with abrasive or sharp objects.

Ground Fixing Benches
Benches can be secured down to the ground with specially designed Wales & Wales ground fixing rods. These comprise stainless steel spigots (available from Benchmark) that can be fixed into a concrete or stone substrate using a bored hole and chemical adhesive. The top end of each rod passes up into the timber legs or aluminium base castings with concealed locking screws. Where Wales & Wales ground fixing rods are being used the foundation should be laid (concrete/asphalt or paving), holes should then be bored slightly oversize to allow some tolerance, and the rods then fixed into position using a suitable chemical adhesive compound. It is imperative that the holes are bored into the substrate perpendicular to the ground surface and that the rods are attached to the bench BEFORE they are bonded into the holes. It is advisable to leave the drilling of the holes until the bench is delivered to site so that it can be used to check that the setting out is correct. A comprehensive installation guide is available.

General Maintenance
Due to the simple design and construction of the benches and the their rugged nature, maintenance is a very simple process. Regular cleaning with a mild detergent and warm water is recommended. Where severe marking has occurred, for example vandalism, a jet washer can be used.
 
Solvents, chemical cleaners and abrasives should be avoided.
 
If the timber components were originally specified with a finish then light sanding and re-oiling with proprietary Danish oil should be carried out annually in the summer months when the components are completely dry.
 
All metal components are corrosion resistant and as such are very durable needing little in the way of maintenance other than occasional cleaning as described above.

Damage 

If damage does occur to a bench, most components are easily repaired or replaced, for example individual bench slats can be renewed and it is usually possible to re-finish or replace the metal components.

Recommended Process for Installation in Public Spaces
  • To achieve a secure installation all four corners or legs of the bench must be anchored with ground fixing rods. Fixing just the back or front of the bench may eventually result in the fixing failing.
  •  Each ground fixing rod has a groove at the top, the locating grub screws in each bench leg/end plate must locate securely into this groove.
  •  Holes for the fixings should be carefully marked out on the ground using the actual bench as a template.
  • If a concrete foundation is to be laid the holes for the rods should be drilled into this after the concrete has set.
  • The rods must all be installed to the same level. The best way to achieve this is to mount the rods into the legs/end plates of the bench and secure with the locating grub screws before dropping the rods into the holes in the ground. Trying to concrete the rods into the foundation before fixing the bench to them will result in leveling and alignment problems.
  • Slightly oversize holes should be drilled into the foundation to allow a little tolerance. Alignment of the rods and holes should be tested before finally bonding the rods into the ground permanently. The rods can then be bonded in place with the bench already attached using Hilti HIT or a similar bonding resin. If necessary, benches should be weighted down whilst the rods set in place.
  • The weight of the bench should be on the ground not on the rod, therefore the bench legs/end plates should be firmly supported. For example, if installing onto a soft surface such as rolled aggregate or grass the bench legs/end plates should have supporting pad under them rather than the weight of the leg being borne by the rod.
 

 
 

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