We were asked by Ards and North Down Borough Council to manufacture and install Gateway signs that had been developed by White Noise Studios in Belfast. The design brief was to create an entrance or gateway sign to be installed at various locations outside town entrances across the Ards peninsula. Ards and North Down Borough Council wanted something unique and different than they have had installed in the past.
The team at White Noise Studios created an awesome concept. Since White Noise had already created a brand image for each of the towns they developed this into a very unusual signage concept. After meeting with White Noise and the Council we devised and designed a manufacturing brief. The signs had to look good but they also had to be robust and as vandal proof as possible due to their prominent locations.
After many meetings with planners, road service, local councillors and community representatives we developed a small prototype sign for approval by all parties involved. The final manufacturing design was to use two sheets of polycarbonate plastic, cut to two different sizes and shapes, then placed one in front of the other with plotter cut vinyl applied to the inside and then mounted to two powder coated steel posts. This had to be done in such a way as to make any vandalism as difficult as possible and take into account such concerns as condensation behind the panels, regular easy cleaning by the council and road service regulations and requirements.
The end result is 30 beautifully designed and crafted signs that stand proudly at the main entrances to each of these towns and will be welcoming visitors and tourists into the Ard’s peninsula for years to come.