When Yates' Wine Lodge in the centre of Blackpool was irreparably damaged by fire, the impact on the resort was dramatic. Major routes into the town were blocked by Fire Crews and Police and much of the building was unstable in the immediate period following the blaze. With the road closures having the potential to cause chaos for visitors to Blackpool the Council needed to divert traffic quickly away from the site and in particular advise about access and parking as a result of the fire.
“Following the fire on the Saturday evening the Council Highways department called us on the lunchtime asking if we could design, manufacture and install a series of traffic signs urgently,” comments Shaun Bennett, MD of LSG.
The team quickly got together and produced the signs and then fitted each sign in each of the key areas to ensure that the traffic disruption was kept as minimal as possible in the wake of such a big incident in the centre of town, the project was completed and in place by midnight on the Sunday.
The LSG team not only provide an emergency service but have also been involved in a number of ongoing projects with Blackpool Council. As part of the regeneration of the town, much work is being done to re-brand the resort and introduce new, more contemporary looks for everything from street furniture to signage.
“The town is undergoing a huge period of change and everything in the town needs to follow suit to complement some of the bigger structural developments that are happening,” says Shaun.
To assist with these changes the LSG team were briefed on a project to refurbish all of the finger-post signs around the town. The cost of replacing the signs is too great and would involve digging up much of the surrounding pavement.
“The problem is that the current signs are cast iron with many bent the wrong way or snapped off, quite a crucial problem for visitors to the resort relying on them!” comments Shaun.
The signs have now been given some care and attention to update them with the new council corporate colours and will provide functional and eye catching solutions to visitors, hopefully pointing them in right direction.
To contact Shaun Bennett at Links, Signs and Graphics call 01253 291 516.