Project - Holy Cross College

Client  Holy Cross College

Location Ryde, NSW

Supplier Astra Street Furniture

Installer Supply

Date May 2023


About Holy Cross College

Holy Cross College in Ryde, NSW, is an independent Roman Catholic secondary day school for boys. Established in 1891 in the tradition of the Patrician Brothers, it caters to students from Years 7 through 12.

The Requirement

To strategically place new seating and waste bins in the schoolyard to effectively manage the movement and congregation of students and visitors.

The Challenges

  • Material Durability and Vandalism Resistance: It's crucial to choose materials that not only withstand the elements but also resist wear and tear from frequent use and potential vandalism. The challenge lies in finding a balance between durability, cost, and aesthetics.
  • Safety and Accessibility: Seating and bins must be safe for all users, including children of various ages and individuals with disabilities. This includes considerations for smooth edges, stable structures, and compliance with accessibility standards.
  • Maintenance Requirements: Seating and bins with low maintenance needs are preferable to ensure they remain in good condition with minimal effort. The challenge is to choose materials and designs that are easy to clean and maintain.
  • Space Optimisation: The placement of seating and bins must optimise space, encourage social interaction, and not obstruct traffic flow. Finding the right layout requires careful planning.

The Solution

After evaluating the challenges and  requirements, Holy Cross College selected a few key products, including the Prague Bin, Athens Bin Enclosure, Liverpool 2-Sided Setting and Woodville 1800mm Bench.

The Prague Bin offers the following features: 

  • Customisable Design: The Prague range combines durable construction with a modular, customisable design, allowing seamless aesthetic integration into any setting.
  • Eco-Friendly Options: Includes standard and wheelie bin enclosures in multiple sizes, with colour-coordinated recycling and waste options for environmental efficiency.
  • Australian-Made Quality: Proudly Australian-made, the Prague suite emphasises superior craftsmanship and materials, enhancing product longevity and supporting local manufacturing.
  • Safe and Functional: Features non-intrusive benches and strategically designed bins to ensure safety and functionality, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

The  Athens Bin Enclosure offers the following features:

  • High-Quality Design and Materials: Combining an Australian-made, modular design with durable powder-coating for a stylish, long-lasting solution.
  • Customisable Waste Segregation: Features colour-coded inserts for recycling, waste, and paper, supported by a curved cover top, facilitating effective and easy waste management.
  • Durable and Secure Construction: Outfitted with heavy-duty stainless steel hinges and a secure cam lock system, ensuring resilience against frequent openings and enhanced security.
  • Efficient and Aesthetic Space Use: Its design allows for a snug fit around standard wheelie bins and can be placed side by side without protrusion, creating a neat and visually appealing waste station.

The  Liverpool 2-Sided Setting offers the following features:

  • Australian-Made Quality: Designed, manufactured, and assembled entirely in Australia, ensuring high-quality craftsmanship and immediate stock availability for delivery.
  • Durability and Corrosion Resistance: Features marine-grade aluminium frames and stainless steel fasteners, making it ideal for beachside installations without the risk of corrosion. The aluminium is finished with a smooth black powder coat for both aesthetics and protection.
  • Versatile and Easy Assembly: Offers modular construction for simple on-site assembly with a range of slat options, including FSC certified timber and premium wood grain aluminium, allowing for customisation to meet different preferences and needs. Optional umbrella holes can be added for premium shade umbrellas.
  • Inclusive Design Options: Available in various configurations, including four-sided square and rectangular settings, two-sided covered settings, and several wheelchair-accessible options, catering to diverse outdoor space requirements.

The Woodville 1800mm Bench offers the following features:

  • High-Quality and Modular Design: Reflecting the high quality synonymous with Astra's range, the Woodville Bench is modular, facilitating easy assembly post-delivery. Its design balances simplicity with functionality, catering to diverse outdoor spaces.
  • Durability and Rust Protection: Constructed with a strong steel frame that is zinc-plated for enhanced rust protection, and finished with a premium dark grey powder coat, ensuring long-term durability and maintenance ease.
  • Versatile Installation and Sizes: Offers versatility with bolt-down and in-ground styles for secure installation, along with two standard lengths (1500mm and 1800mm), accommodating different spatial needs.
  • Material Options and Customisable Layouts: Available with slats in Merbau hardwood, recycled Enviroslat, clear anodised aluminium, or wood grain powder-coated aluminium, allowing for aesthetic customisation. The angled benches and corner connections offer creative layout possibilities such as octagonal, angled, or zigzag configurations.

What the client said

“Our student space has been bought back to life. The students love their fresh new space.