Bristol rolls out award winner

Award-winning signage in Bristol to be extended to out-lying areas

An award-winning singage scheme in Bristol is being extended to out-lying areas and the local park at Blaise Castle Estate. Monolith panels, stainless-steel frames and vitreous enamel form the latest phase of the Legible City initiative, launched in 2001 with £300,000 from a partnership with urban-design firm Adshel. Signs will form part of the work on Blaise Castle Estate, a Heritage Lottery funded restoration with £6 million going on a new café, balustrading and planting. Bristol’s project manager, landscape architect Colm O’Kelly, said interpretation panels from London firm Wood & Wood would include diagrams on iron-age and Roman archaeology. “If people come away from Castle Hill knowing there’s more than 3,000 years of human activity here, that’s great,” he said. Over 40 signage projects have gone up in Bristol to date, and design project officer Tina Speake, said the signs were a key element to city-centre renewal. “By making the city more legible for visitors and residents, everybody benefits.” The Design Business Association gave the initiative an award last December as did the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2002.

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