Project - Common Ground Dickson

Client Common Ground Dickson

Location Dickson, ACT

Supplier Astra Street Furniture

Installer Landscape Contractor 

Date February 2022


About Common Ground Dickson

Common Ground Dickson is a 6 storey building consisting of 40 affordable and social housing units with a mix of one, two and three bedroom layouts, as well as a cafe, communal green space and social services. The project is designed to provide long-term, high-quality housing options for people on low incomes and those facing chronic homelessness, particularly women, families and children.

The Requirement 

To provide functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor furniture for the shared common spaces, to be enjoyed by residents and visitors. 

The Challenges

  • Space Utilisation: Balancing the need for sufficient seating and community gathering spots without over-cluttering the common area or impeding resident mobility.
  • Safety Considerations: Ensuring the chosen furniture meets all safety standards and regulations, especially considering diverse age groups and varying physical capabilities of residents.
  • Durability and Maintenance: Finding sturdy, long-lasting furniture options that can withstand regular use and weather elements, with minimal maintenance requirements.
  • Inclusivity: Ensuring the selected furniture adheres to all relevant disability regulations to create an inclusive and comfortable environment for residents of all abilities.
  • Social Interaction: Choosing furniture that promotes social interaction among residents, fostering a sense of community within the social housing complex.
  • Vandalism Resistance: Identifying robust furniture that can resist potential damage or vandalism, an aspect sometimes associated with shared spaces.

The Solution

After evaluating the challenges and requirements, the client chose our Vienna Setting with Benches and Vienna Seat with Armrests, both with the Merbau slats.


These products offer the following features:

  • Heavy-duty steel frame: Constructed with a robust steel frame that offers both durability and stability, an essential aspect for outdoor furniture.
  • Zinc Plated and Powder Coated: The finish provides an extra layer of protection against environmental factors, ensuring the product's longevity.
  • Variety of Slat Options: The available slats, including Merbau Hardwood, Anodised Aluminium, and Wood Grain Aluminium (Western Red Cedar and Blonde Oak), offer a range of aesthetic options to suit various outdoor settings.
  • Customisable Frame Colours: Users can choose from a range of colours in the standard Dulux powder coat range, allowing the furniture to seamlessly blend with diverse outdoor decors.
  • Proudly Australian Made: Supporting the local economy and ensuring high-quality production standards, this product is 100% designed, manufactured, and assembled in Australia.

What the client said

“The customer service was superb, as were the high quality products we purchased. We will use Astra again!”