Signs Express Central Lancashire selects Applelec’s fabricated signage for Red Radisson Liverpool hotel.
The Red Radisson hotel in Liverpool is a 10 storey, grade-II listed building that has undergone £30m investment and renovations. As part of this project, Signs Express Central Lancashire appointed Applelec to manufacture the external signage which included an illuminated sign tray, two sets of built-up illuminated letters and a plaque for the new onsite Stoke restaurant.
Careful consideration and collaboration were undertaken to ensure the signage matched Red Radissons requirements, whilst staying respectful to the buildings Grade-II status.
Fabricated Sign Tray
The 3mm folded aluminium sign tray required two different colours, which Applelec were able to achieve in their inhouse paintshop facilities. Black was painted to the face and back, (due to the visibility of the reverse of the sign tray), with the Red Radisson Pantone red matched on the returns to create a striking frame that pops against the black face and dark wood frame of the entranceway.
The corporate logo was then stencil cut into the face of the sign tray with 3mm opal acrylic backer with a 5mm opal acrylic inlays, so that the logo sits discretely 2mm proud of the sign tray.
Careful consideration was given to the sign trays installation, which would sit within the entrance exterior archway. Here the exterior stone trim of the arch protruded further than the inner archway, where the sign tray would be mounted. To navigate this challenge Signs Express Central Lancashire cleverly designed adjustable fixing rails. This meant the installers could adjust the rails to a shorter length to fit this into the archway where the rails could then bet re-adjusted to fit perfectly in its resting place. Working closely with the Applelec team, who fabricated this to spec and coated it black to compliment the sign and window trim perfectly.
SloanLED VL4 LEDs were selected for the sign trays illumination, for its ultra-wide radiation pattern, impressive light output, reliable lifetime rating (>54,000 hours to L80 at ≤50°C ambient) and industry leading 10-year parts and 5-year labour assist warranty, that delivers both value and performance. Illumination was further enhanced by the painted white interior tray, providing crisp, bright illumination, enhancing the Red Radisson corporate logo against the slick black, tray.
Built up letters with fixing rails
Two sets of built-up letters were required for the exterior building, with two different fabrication styles. Rim and return letters were chosen for the ‘RED’ which are a sturdier option for larger sized letters. Red translucent vinyl, that matched the client’s pantone, was applied to the face with matching painted red returns. SloanLED VL3 red were then selected for illumination, beautifully complimenting the vinyl and exterior paint to create striking red vibrancy, that brings the letters to life in the night sky.
Due to the stroke width of ‘Radisson’ 30mm block acrylic face illuminated letters (Applelec’s NeonLux range) were suggested, coated I standard RAL 9016 white and routered to the back to allow for the 6500k white LEDs to be embedded.
Due to size and height of this installation, fixing rails were required for extra support and safety, which we fabricated in brushed stainless steel at the client’s special request.
Finally, a wayfinding plaque for the hotly anticipated Stoke restaurant was created in a sophisticated polished brass with black vinyl applied to the face and pre-drilled fixing holes for ease of installation.
The variety of techniques and intricacies within this project were a welcomed opportunity for the Applelec team to flex their quality inhouse fabrication capabilities, working closely with the team at Signs Express Central Lancashire, from quotation through to completion, to ensure the end products fit the clients brief perfectly, whilst staying true the buildings grade-II listing status.
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