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A shining light

A shining light

When Sovereign Signs was commissioned by BAM Construction to provide bespoke signage for the newly refurbished Leeds Playhouse, it turned to Applelec for assistance.

Thirty years since it first opened, the West Yorkshire theatre venue recently underwent a massive overhaul to transform the previously dated 1970s building into a modern cultural destination. The £16 million renovation project includes a new restaurant and bar area, along with improved facilities, upgraded seating and a new, accessible city facing entrance.

Externally, the building has been completely reimagined, with the former brick façade being replaced with a stylish and contemporary glass wall that stretches from floor to ceiling. Punctuating the wall of glass, are large panels of colourful, ceramic tiles that add a patchwork of different hues to create a vibrant and artistic frontage that also pays tribute to Leeds’ ceramic heritage.

The new exterior signage features nine built-up letters, each measuring 800 x 400mm to form the word ‘Playhouse’. In order to ensure full impact, the letters were integrated with SloanLED VL Plus 3 Mini LEDs, supplied by SloanLED”s UK distributor, Applelec, to provide striking illumination after nightfall.

Iain McKenzie Sovereign Signs’ Managing Director observed : “Lighting plays a vital role in the overall appearance of the Playhouse signage, and the premium quality of SloanLED’s LED modules produces powerful illumination that enabled us to create a beautiful and stunning nighttime visual effect that also proved to be very cost-effective too.”

David Mullaney, National Product Manager for Applelec’s SloanLED division added: “As the lettering is installed at a high level in the city centre, it is imperative that the LEDs are100 percent reliable. Due to their premium construction, the SloanLED VL Plus 3 Mini and the IP66 protection class rated modules are robust enough to accommodate even the most challenging climatic conditions, thus preserving both the longevity and effectiveness of the signage.”


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