Lurgan & Portadown

 

Client

Craigavon Borough Council

 

Project

Urban / Medium

 

Lurgan and Portadown are former market towns graced by a number of listed buildings, including Brownlow House and many fine churches. Craigavon Borough Council recently spent over £3 million on public realm improvements, these included an interpretative scheme and the installation of public art.

The project steering group was made up of representatives from the local historical society, the town centre manager, business owners, Craigavon Council and MWA Partnership Ltd.

 

Together we identified a number of key interpretative themes linking the two towns. These were augmented by interesting anecdotes, sporting stories and biographies of famous people who lived or were born in each town.

 

We developed a graphic language that complemented the 18 - 19th century architecture. The town centre maps were adapted from old hand-drawn Ordnance Survey Ireland maps. These were seamlessly edited to take account of changes to the street layout and built environment.


The resulting signs, which featured a distinctive engraved damask motif on the stainless steel side trims, have been very positively received as an attractive addition to the two townscapes.

 

As part of the project we were also asked to design a method of cladding the shuttered concrete base of The Bleachers sculpture in Lurgan.

 

Agency services

- Concept development

- Cartography

- Wayfinding strategy

- Interpretive strategy

- Sign design & material specification

- Research & Copywriting

- Picture research

- Design and Illustration

- Logo and Identity