The first of the ‘next generation’ of drinking fountains for London’s Royal Parks has been installed in Kensington Gardens
The ‘joyful’ competition-winning scheme designed by Moxon Architect is made from bronze with a stainless steel drain.
Described as a ‘formally elegant addition to the repertoire of urban furniture already provided in London’s Royal Parks’, the design will be rolled out across Grade I-listed landscapes in eight parks.
A more economical version of the fountain has also been developed using Ductile Iron.
Moxon’s design and a scheme made of Cornish granite by Robin Monotti Architects with Mark Titman were chosen from more than 150 entries following a Tiffany & Co Foundation-backed contest in late 2010.
Monotti’s scheme will be photographed next month.
The number of components required in the assembly of the fountain have been deliberately minimised. Conceptually the installation can be broken down into six elements:
1: The base assembly is the most formally complex element and would be manufactured from a combination of circular hollow section and flat plate carbon steel welded together. This assembly would then be galvanized and sprayed with a black two pack epoxy protective system. This would provide the exposed parts of the base assembly with a lifespan between major maintenance of at least 25 years.
2: The fountain body is one single casting in modern statuary [no lead content] bronze [alternatively: anti-ram ductile iron]. Depending on the circumstance in which the fountain is to be used this element could receive a range of applied finishes - from clear to solid coloured - providing adaptability and durability. The cost of the mold would be absorbed by the Prototype Budget.
3: The water feed is considered as a single element from the point of supply to the fountain up to the delivery spout. In addition to supplying water to the user this piece is also locks the fountain body in the vertical direction so that it cannot be lifted off without unbuckling in the key protected hatch at the base.
4: Inset into the top of the body of the fountain is a removable grating to prevent large objects being lodged in the drain. This can be removed to aid in cleaning & general maintenance.
5: An in-situ concrete foundation installed as a plug into the ground and covered over with surfacing as appropriate to the location.
6: BWIC [Builders Work in Connection - all the above]