Select Page

An unmissable destination

An unmissable destination


York’s new Vangarde Shopping Park,which opened last spring, features exterior wayfinding signage by Blue Raptor Signs, including a pair of six metre freestanding monoliths created with support from Applelec.

With a site covering 339,000 square feet, the park features the first John Lewis and the largest M&S stores in the region, sports and community facilities and restaurant chains, including Frankie & Benny’s and Prezzo. The development was devised to target a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating with sustainability considered throughout the design and build of the site and in elements such as the park’s signage, where energy efficient LEDs were chosen.

The two monoliths feature internal steel frames that have been externally clad to create a curved shape with LED illuminated text. Stencil cut panels were backed in 3mm opal acrylic to create text detail with opal acrylic inlays used for primary text and white vinyl for small text areas at the base of the monolith. Applelec’s stocked SloanLED V Series 2 LEDs were used to provide illumination and supplied with a five-year warranty. Both monoliths feature removable tenant panels to enable easy updates should new outlets be taken or other changes occur.

Matt Wilson of Blue Raptor Signs said: ‘Applelec did a great job fabricating the totems in a very short lead-time, adapting to last minute specification changes, and pulling out all of the stops to deliver them on time.”

Based on drawings of the monoliths supplied by the customer, Blue Raptor Signs developed the designs from concept to reality with support from Applelec. In these planning stages, full structural engineering drawings were created to cover wind load, post load, base plate sizes and other recommendations regarding the structural safety of the two large feature signs.

Sam Armstrong, Applelec sales director, said: ‘Standing at six metres in height, the scale of these monoliths meant careful planning was required to ensure they were structurally sound. Applelec has recently appointed a design engineer to work on similarly complex projects in order to provide customer support for signage where location or environmental factors can dictate the design and construction of a sign.’

Along with the monoliths, Blue Raptor Signs created all external wayfinding signage, including approximately 80 post mounted signs, car park signage and signage for the site’s Management Suite and, since the Vangarde Shopping Park opened in April, it has been involved in further projects for the park too.

For further information visit: and

About The Author

Leave a Reply

The latest Projects, Features & News

Discover the latest projects, industry news and new products for the UK sign and graphics industry.

Recent Tweets