Links Signs has completed an urban renewal project on behalf of Hillingdon Borough Council, delivering a series of vitreous enamel cladding panels beneath West Drayton bridge, depicting historical moments of local interest to the community. The walls of the pedestrian walkways on each side of the bridge now sport a series of colourful murals. Hillingdon Borough Council hired design agency Designed by Good People to design the murals and Links Signs to print, manufacture and install them.
Before commencing manufacture, our surveyors undertook a detailed inspection of the bridge and the public walkways. Our Design team then used the survey information to produce detailed schematics and visualisations for the proposed works. The client was fully informed of all survey, structural and design recommendations throughout. We always ensure our clients are included in key decision making at every stage of a project. Careful project management and planning also ensured that our fully accredited installation specialists had detailed specs to work to once the panels were ready to install.
The mural panels are made from vitreous enamel – a fusion of powdered glass and stainless steel and one of the most durable materials in the sign-making industry. It is the perfect choice for exterior murals and urban renewal projects. There are two separate runs of murals, each consisting of 20 VE panels. The panels are supported by a series of 25 x 50 mm steel box section subframes.
Above each run of cladding panels, an additional 16 Luminaire lighting panels were fitted. These provide constant lighting for the pedestrian walkways on each side of the bridge, as well as nicely illuminating the murals themselves. As a final touch, two sets of red powdercoated arrows and silver built-up letters were manufactured. These connect to and form part of the red line motif running through the series of murals. They serve to indicate direction of travel to pedestrians, towards either West Drayton or Yiewsley.
Links Signs are proud to support public arts projects, both by providing signage and acting as art fabricators to facilitate large scale and complex projects. Our use of vitreous enamel cladding, as seen in this West Drayton Mural project, is just one example of how our machinery, experience and expertise has helped bring a public art concept from the drawing board to reality.
We have worked with artists, art institutions, heritage sites and local authorities on a diverse range of public arts projects. Get in touch if you have an idea you would like to discuss.
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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