Project in Focus: Dalston Kingsland Station
Today, we are delighted to introduce Dalston Kingsland Station in East London - our first rail project to comprise the design, manufacture and installation of cladding and signage, illustrating perfectly our Building Environments offer. Dalston Kingsland station forms part of a recent upgrade to the overground rail network and it was great to be involved in its transformation.
Having completed many successful refurbishment projects across the railway network, Walker Construction were appointed as the main contractor on this redevelopment programme, working under London Overground. Over the past few years, we at Merson Group have completed many signage projects across the London Overground network, and by drawing on this experience, we were delighted to be awarded both the signage and cladding packages for Dalston Kingsland Station. The project required a variety of signage types along with a new rainscreen cladding system to give a full facelift to the entrance of the station.
The cladding solution was a bespoke secret fix castellated system, designed to create a new soffit with bespoke guttering provided by CGL Rainpulse. In total, the project spanned across five external columns, three internal columns, and two external fascia panels to conceal the old tiled columns and new ladder beams.
The signage comprised 3D lettering, fabricated from stainless steel and acrylic with internal LED illumination. The letters were to be built up on rails and suspended from the station canopy. Two internally-illuminated projecting roundels were mounted either side of the station name. Spotlights were installed to the underside of the canopy as a final touch.
Design and Installation
The survey, cladding and signage design were all integrated using a 3D model, capturing accurate project data to ensure the most seamless solution was implemented. The cladding and signage design depends on knowing exactly the form of the building’s sub-structure and what the components are fixed onto; this is vital from a safety perspective and maintains consistent quality management. Furthermore, this ensures that responsibilities for aspects such as surveys, design & installation are defined and thus the sequence of works is clearly defined. As always, we recognised the importance of developing good lines of communication from the very first point of contact, and by clearly understanding the full scope of this complex project, we were able to provide the best service and cost effective output. The turnaround for installation was quick, carried out to our high standards in only four weeks.
As more customers realise the benefits of having one supplier providing all elements from design through to installation, we are confident that this will be the first of many rail projects that will combine signage and cladding. We are currently working on similar packages and look forward to sharing these projects with you in the future.