Links Signs were commissioned to fabricate a set of vitreous enamel Infographics panels for Hastings Castle. The designs were created by local agency, Aral Design. The idea was to depict the Timeline of Hastings Castle on the approach path up to the entrance. Key dates in history present themselves as visitors walk past. These all link together to form a seamless Timeline, stretching from the Mesolithic period, all the way through to present times. Vitreous enamel is the perfect choice for its vibrancy of colour, durability and vandal resistant properties. Suzan Aral, the designer of the graphics, used imagery from the Bayeux Tapestry as inspiration for her designs for the Timeline, choosing a limited colour palette for maximum impact.
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Each Timeline panel consists of two separate flanged vitreous enamel panels, joined at an angle. Each bright red angled panel has a key date printed on it. Visitors see these red panels first when they walk past. Conversely, the face of the panels are pure white, with infographics displayed giving a detailed historical narrative for each key date.
The graphics on the face panels are a combination of screen printed graphics and photos of historical artefacts, paintings and drawings. These photos are digitally printed transfers, applied to the panels and sealed during the enamelling process. Attached to the rear of the infographics are aluminium backing panels. These backing panels incorporate a mechanically fixed rail system for post mounting. We supplied new posts as part of the installation. As a finishing touch, all the panels include polyester powder coated frames matching the enamel colours – to give the impression of a frameless system.
All works were undertaken by Links Signs expert and fully accredited in-house installation crews. We carried out a survey at the start of the project to determine post locations for the panels. We also scanned the area for buried services before excavation. Installation was a two stage process. Firstly, the posts were levelled and allowed to set. We then returned to install the panels. Once the installation was complete, all holes were filled and made good with a new tarmac finish.
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A pleasure to work with Links again on such a poignant programme. Delivering amazing high quality. Very much looking forward to working together again in the future.Robert Varney – Engagement Officer (North) & TfL Charities Scheme Manager
Links Signs took on the challenge to provide the awards for the first Transport for London Supplier Awards. Using products and materials that are supplied to TfL for our station signage, Links created very impressive plaques for our winners and runners up. Throughout the production process Links kept TfL up to date with images, delivery schedule and were always on hand to clarify any queries. We look forward to working with them again next year.Amanda Green – Transport for London
Link Signs provide a first class service throughout the design, production and delivery process. I worked closely with the team on a high profile project, with requirements changing on a sometimes daily basis. Links Signs went and above and beyond to meet our requirements and surpassed our expectations. I would highly recommend and endorse working with Link Signs.Catherine Villegas – Project Manager, Transport for London
The team at Links Signs provide unfailing support and flexibility, which enables us to develop ambitious schemes and be confident of the highest quality results. Working with them has transformed the way we approach our exhibition design.Catherine Harvey – Hastings Museum Office & Keeper of World Art
Links Signs successfully managed a complex project overseeing the manufacture and installation of 48 panels to create a bespoke mural on the Transport for London (TfL) owned bridge and the station entrance at Northwood Hills station. Links ensured not only that all the technical and engineering requirements of TfL were met but also that the extensive colour hues specified by mural artists Gordon Collett and Cosmo Sarson were achieved. The finished result is wonderful, as summed up by Mayor of London Boris Johnson when he visited ‘My God, it’s beautiful! Did we do this? The murals – they’re sensational!’ He added: ‘I think it’s all fantastic, really imaginative. I’m very proud.’Helena Webster – Town Centre Improvements Team Manager, London Borough of Hillingdon
Links Signs are experienced, professional and offer great value for money. I know I am in safe hands when I am working with them.Mariam Zulfiqar – Freelance Curator