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Furnitubes History

Over Seventy Years Of Excellence Est. 1946

Built on a sensible alliance of traditional process and contemporary thought, the business has learned to survive by accommodating market fluctuations for over seven decades. The company has worked ceaselessly to satisfy client’s needs and each challenge has enabled us to strengthen and build in both national and international markets.


Furnitubes was established by Jack Cluer in 1946. After the war materials were scarce, but the marine engineer was able to source steel tubes from shipyards, where motor torpedo boats were being taken apart.

His first products were made from these recycled tubes for the new institutions that were being set up at the time, such as the National Health Service and Education establishments.

He soon became a major supplier to the London County Council.


At the festival Jack Cluer exhibited the original 'Tulip' timber slatted litter basket. Furnitubes breakthrough into the street furniture market.

Was awarded the contract to supply the British Industries Fair in London at the South Bank, and the subsequent years saw an almost entire dedication to fulfilling orders for the popular product nationwide.

At its height, Furnitubes gained International recognition when the 'Tulip' slatted litter basket was chosen for EXPO58 and the site of the World fair at Brussels in 1958.

Towards the end of the 1950's, Furnitubes began to offer a larger range of litter bins and wire baskets, in addition to some simple seating, that all proved popular with Local Authorities specifying for schools and public developments.


Furnitubes branched out and explored a multitude of exciting new products.
These included:

• Modular concrete seating and planters in all manner of shapes and sizes
• Playground equipment and skateboard ramps
• Modular utilitarian railing, advertising poster units and lighting systems
• Street sweeper carts and traffic cones
• Fun, bold PVC plastic products that could be found in swinging London locations!

The teenage boom led to an increase in vandalism, however Furnitubes rose to the challenge with products to deter vandals. The new concrete litter bins, steel tree protection and tubular furniture ranges became the strongest contenders within the market.


With customers demanding a wider variety of products, Furnitubes released a 'range of street furniture' products to meet demand. New ranges of bollards, cycle stands, tree protection and new materials were introduced, including the launch of a great new concept - G.R.C "Vandal resistant, fire resistant and frost resistant" furniture.

Bollards and cycle parking were becoming widespread as more off-street parking facilities were made available. New materials, such as G.R.P (Glass Reinforced Plastic) were also being used for Planters and Grit Bins that had traditionally been made in concrete.


Furnitubes celebrate 40 years and fully expand to offer a complete range of cast iron bollards, tree grilles, litter bins and bollards, which proved popular due to their durability and ability to stand the test of time.

In a drive to attract wealthier customers, the more refined designs of the Victorian era became ever more popular, seen in products such as the Eastgate and Rotherham seat.

Following a pandemic of raids, Dixons approached Furnitubes to solve the problem. The result was the dedicated anti ram-raid Gunner Security which quickly became the standard security bollard amongst retailers for protecting store fascias from attack.

1985 brought the introduction of the Bell bollard, possibly the most famous of all Furnitubes products after the Tulip Litter Bin.

The four-storey gin distillery at Seager Buildings was converted from a derelict shell into a bright modern head office and the unit opposite was equipped for storage, fabrication and fitted with a paint spray booth for faster painting and superior finish.

Furnitubes continues to expand, releasing exciting new collections, including the Swedish 'Nola' collection.


Furnitubes strengthened their control over source costs with the acquisition of a foundry in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Furnitubes position themselves as a major innovator within the industry, through expansion of the design department and investment in C.A.D, graphics and D.T.P software. This lead to a number of bespoke contracts, including: Historic te restoration for L.B Tower Hamlets at Spitalfields Market, a Café Arch for L.B Greenwich in Greenwich Park and impressive new lighting for Wembley Arena.

A major new catalogue and new corporate logo was launched in 1995. Its professional layout was created in-house specifically aimed at architects and specifiers. Over 3,000 products were included and at the time it was generally accepted as the best on the market.

In 1995 a second investment was made to quality and the company quality assurance programme was inspected and Furnitubes gained accreditation to BS 5750, formally known as EN ISO 9002:1994 by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance.

Furnitubes celebrate their 50th birthday. Contracts include the pedestrianisation of Main Street, Gibraltar, sculpted bollards designed by John Maine for Lewisham and a hundred metre covered walkway for Centro at Cradley Heath station, near Birmingham.

Furnitubes launch a new catalogue style and are awarded the contract for fingerpost signage for The Thames Path, Green Chain Walk, London Loop, Cray Riverway and all cycle routes.



Furnitubes return to the street where they used to be based, with new offices on Royal Hill.

Many substantial orders including Linx100 and decorative hooped railings for Red Routes in London. Contracts this year include lamp post protector bollards for B.D.P, Walthamstow and Canterbury Bollards & FI Sockets for the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Furnitubes new Medway Distribution centre provides substantial, efficient warehouse facilities. Further expansion and investment in 3D C.A.D software.

A successful exhibition at External Works 2005 where the Zenith seat and bench and the BELL 115 and Harbour bollards are officially launched.

Many new products, including ash waste bins and an extended Portman range are introduced to coincide with the brand new 270 page Diamond Edition catalogue. Furnitubes exhibit these new products at Saltex 2006.


Furnitubes launch new recycled composite timber, made from 50% sawdust and 50% plastic. The environmentally friendly material has a look and texture akin to timber with the added benefits of recycled plastic

LINX 400
The stylish Linx 400 railing system is a new addition to the revolutionary Linx range. The sleek and flexible railing system is available in 100% stainless steel. The rails are attached to unique curved plates which fit flush onto the posts in any position or angle. Installed in Hammersmith, London, the range transformed the area.

The Linx 400 accompanied the Linx composite range at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, used for their bus station, car park and trolley bays.



Furnitubes launch a brand new website, with much-improved design and usability. The site is fully responsive, ensuring they cater for both desktop and mobile users as they move forwards.


Furnitubes add their range of products to RIBA's product specification library, NBS Plus. NBS Plus subscribers can add Furnitubes product specifications straight into their projects with a single click.


Furnitubes launch their new modular street furniture, RailRoad. Inspired by model train tracks, RailRoad is based on a simple series of interchangeable straight and curved modules, designed to be joined to create seamless runs of continuous seating. This inherent flexibility provides an almost endless variety of configuration possibilities, from straight lines to wave forms, circles and other geometrical patterns.


To mark their 70th Anniversary, Furnitubes launched new vibrant corporate branding. The design team continue to innovate with new product ranges, including a collection of wall-top seating that can be retrofitted to existing walls. The RailRoad range of interchangeable curved and straight modular seating is increasingly popular, with the latest installation at Green Dragon House, Croydon, incorporating RailRoad planters for a new roof garden. The design team continue to work closely with architects to create bespoke designs for numerous projects including concept seating for Thomas More Square in London.

Address: 3rd Floor, Meridian House, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8RD

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8378 3200

Email: sales@furnitubes.com

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