In 2019, Links Signs was approached by new estate agency start-up, Inspired Property Hub, to manufacture and install branded shopfront signage for their flagship office in East Sussex. The property itself has the unique benefit of visible frontage from three different directions. Situated on a busy interchange, the project gave us the opportunity to maximise the branded visibility of their office from multiple sight-lines. The client already had a strong visual identity and colour palette in slate grey and a vibrant orange. The original building fascias were pre-stripped and the entire frontage repainted ready for us to transform.
Key to the new look is a branded fascia running around all three visible outer walls of the building. Colour matching the signage we were fabricating to the very specific orange tone of the client’s branding was crucial. Operating on a fairly tight budget, the materials we recommended for manufacture had to not only be durable and long lasting, but also affordable to the client. For the non-illuminated panels, we chose a lightweight aluminium composite material, covered with colour-matched Avery® orange vinyl. These panels then had various messaging in the form of fret-cut white vinyl letters applied, before being sealed with a weather and UV-resistant laminate. Where these are screwed in place, we even included coloured screw caps, to hide the fixings.
At intervals along the fascia are three built-up illuminated signature logo signs (one on each of the three walls). Composed of folded, powder coated aluminium – each of these trays has lettering laser-cut from the base material. Through these apertures, translucent orange acrylic letters are extruded. Internal LED lighting wired inside each of the trays shines through the acrylic lettering. These illuminate at night, around every side of the building. Additionally, a protruding, side-bracket mounted illuminated logo roundel provides extra illumination and branding on the side of the building parallel to the main thoroughfare.
As well as the fascia signage, we also installed additional signage panels either side of the main entrance. As with the (non-illuminated) fascia panels, these were also formed from ACM and covered with vinyl. The graphics on these panels are digitally printed however, rather than fret-cut. Each is protected with the same weather and UV-resistant laminate as the main fascia panels. The glazed doors themselves also include opening hours information in the form of fret-cut, reverse applied Avery® grey vinyl lettering. Being a daytime installation, our expert install crew paid particular attention to the safety of passing pedestrians. Our fully accredited installers undertake all works in a safe and controlled manner.
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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