The large feature sign that was fabricated as part of the rebranding of The Gate, Newcastle was the winner ofThe Construction Sign of The Year and also High Commended for The Illuminated Sign of The Year at the 2018 British Sign and Graphics Association awards ceremony held in November 2018. Three metre high face illuminated lettering reading THE GATE was fitted to the internal glazing panels above the main entrance to The Gate, Newcastle. The project was challenging from a build perspective and we feel that the finished sign has certainly enhanced the main entrance to The Gate. The commentary provided at the awards ceremony sums up the challenges that Interplan had to overcome.
‘The preferred and simplest fitting option was to install the sign to the external glazing, but this was rejected by the dreaded planners. Instead Interplan had to design a method of fixing that would ensure the lettering was close enough to the glazing to ensure there was sufficient light output to make the sign fit for purpose. A frame wasn’t possible and no mechanical fixings were permitted. Interplan’s team overcame all of the challenges to produce a truly outstanding sign.’