The illuminated fascia, designed for the M&S Food Hall at their refurbished Bury store, clocks in at over twelve and a half metres long and nearly two and a half metres tall. The illuminated letters alone are each over a metre tall.
The project consisted of several distinct phases, starting with a detailed survey of the location. Architectural drawings provided by the client allowed us to hit the ground running. These enabled our Project Team to establish key dimensions and criteria at an early stage. Next was the turn of our Design & Fabrication Teams to get to work drafting each of the individual elements required.
The letters are fixed to 7 folded and powder coated aluminium panels, through an internal ladder frame. Each panel in turn is further strengthened with bespoke slip joints for enhanced structural stability. These also help the panels to withstand expansion, contraction and wind loading.
Each of the 7 individual letters are essentially built-up, rimless, internally LED illuminated items. 100 mm deep descaled stainless steel returns (powder coated black) hold 10 mm ‘Polar Frost’ opal acrylic letter faces in place. Each letter is illuminated using LED modules, internally housed within each letter. The entire illuminated fascia is further controlled by timer switches, giving the premises year-long control over the exact hours when the sign is illuminated.
Due to strict requirements, installation of the signage by necessity had to be carried out at night, between the hours of 6pm and 10pm. Our expert team of Installers used scissor lifts to lift the elements in place and align them exactly before fixing. We then collaborated with the main contractor to connect the signage up to their electrical supply. We think you’ll agree the final result is stunning!
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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