Accoya bench renovation at Joensuu Market Square, Finland
Joensuu Market Square is the official trade market place of the city, where there is activity all year round. Over the past couple of years, the market square underwent major renovation, costing 4 million Euros and was completed in November 2018.
The market was designed to last, “at least 100 years” stated a city engineer and part of the renovation included a wooden bench. Accoya was the chosen material because of its low maintenance requirements and resistance to the weather, perfect for a public bench in a country with varying weather conditions.
Several different contractors were involved in the project, but Helsinki based joiners, Novenberg, built and supplied the Accoya bench. The Accoya was coated to a dark brown, which was ideal as the contractor knew that just like other woods Accoya will weather and turn grey over time if left natural.