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Signing ’The street’

Signing ’The street’

Trade Signs was recently commissioned to manufacture and install four large signs for the brand new Coronation Street studio building in Manchester, which has been painstakingly rebuilt, cobble-by-cobble, to match the original. 

The initial brief involved the fabrication of various versions of the Coronation Street road sign, which realistically recreated the pitted look of cast iron, while actually featuring a brushed stainless steel finish.

Two large signs, each 11 metres long, were installed on the main Coronation Street studio building, while two smaller signs, one measuring seven and half metres long and the other five metres long, were fitted on the main entrance wall at the far end of the site. The project was not without its challenges, as the signs installed on the exterior wall of the studio building had to be mounted on specially fabricated stainless steel support frames and while Trade Signs was given free-reign to design the framework, it had to ensure it met the client’s original exacting specification.

The support frames were made from 50x50x3mm and 100x100x3mm stainless steel box section that were then clad with 1.2mm and 1.5mm fascia panels, with the framework being MIG welded, while all fixing holes on the larger frames incorporated rubber washers and sleeves in order to maintain the integrity of studio building’s soundproofing.


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