Turnham Green – Mural Cladding

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Links Signs Completes Urban Redevelopment Vitreous Enamel Cladding Project at Turnham Green

Local group Abundance London approached Hounslow Council with an ambitious project to regenerate an area beneath Turnham Green railway bridge.

With permission from Transport for London, the area has been transformed with two sets of mural artworks. The murals depict a series of 16 cartographic images, dating back from 1593 to the present day. Included are diagrams of the first train line and Second World War bomb damage, illustrating the changes over the centuries.

Following initial surveys, Links Signs won the tender to make, print and install two sets of 27 meter-long murals to cover two walls. Links Signs delivered a series of 49 individual vitreous enamel cladded panels, each nearly 3 meters tall. Vitreous enamel is an incredibly durable material, with excellent weather resistance and UV protection. Because each panel is unique, screen printing them required anything from 3 or 4, to 15 different individual colours. The panels are supported by a framework of steel box sections. Additionally, the panels had to be carefully positioned on the walls to cover existing obstacles like drainage pipes.

At least 1 out of every 3 panels also feature beautiful artworks by renowned artists such as Sir Peter Blake and William Hogarth. These were carefully applied as full colour transfers and sealed during the enamelling process. The entire project forms part of the Chiswick Timeline project, which is additionally supported by a commemorative book and other materials.

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