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Applelec and Vinyline deliver stadium sized illuminated signage in record time


With a five week timescale, Vinyline were called upon by St Helens’ Langtree Park to create signage in time for the official opening of their new stadium and the inaugural match between St Helens RLFC and Widnes RLFC. The new stadium’s first match was


scheduled for 20th January 2012 and the commencement of the 2012 super league season, with sensational new signage an essential ingredient of the grand opening. Vinyline devised the installation system required to mount the stadium signage and engaged Applelec to construct two large scale sets of LED illuminated lettering and five sets of built-up descaled stainless steel lettering, with each lettering set incorporating the Langtree Park logo. Working on the stadium presented a


variety of challenges due to the sheer scale of the letters which feature heights of between 1000mm and 1700mm. The exposed setting of the stadium meant signage was required to be able to withstand winds of up to 100 mph, whilst no fixing points existed for frames to support the signage. With installation taking place in a blustery January, no welding could be carried out and the use of a cherry picker was also hindered.


In consideration of these challenges, a system was designed to fix steel to existing girders and aluminium was used in the sign construction to minimise weight. The stadium signage features two sets of built-up rim and return


letters which were manufactured in aluminium by Applelec. After metal fabrication, the letters were completed with foamex or built up metal backtrays, 5mm deep opal acrylic faces and fitted with white Sloan V180 LEDs to illuminate. Vinyl inserts were then applied to each letter and logo face. Vinyline created eleven mounting panels at 3000mm x 2000mm which were initially installed and then each letter was mounted individually and wired up separately with two letters per transformer. Ian Drinkwater, Applelec Managing Director


comments: “We’re thrilled with the finished illuminated lettering which made good use of our recently enlarged manufacturing space due to their size and scale.” Mike Anderton, Technical Sales Manager at


Vinyline explains “The first sign, featuring one metre illuminated letters, needed to be turned around in two weeks and our client was delighted with the quality of the results. Applelec turned the job around quickly whilst having another job with a tight deadline already in production for us. The second illuminated sign looks stunning close up and even better form the stadium’s main carriageway.” And that first match? St Helens won their opening game by 42-24. Congratulations all round! For further information telephone Applelec on 01274 768344 or visit www.applelecsign.co.uk


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