Our opinion is that one of the key criteria for a bin surround design for park spaces is durability and updatability. Having a bin surround that lasts but still looks great long term was our goal.
We have seen too many damaged and dirty bins in public spaces! We also did not want to use stainless steel, everybody does that and it scratches on day one! We found that using a corten steel base we have a very durable base structure that is easy to clean and maintain and is highly resistant to scratching. A bin surround that was entirely made of weathered steel looked too heavy and needed a bit of a lift and/or colour. The 2K painted steel head of the bin is interchangeable and can be re-painted if it does need a tidy up.