Lews Castle in Stornoway dates back to 1844. The castle was originally built by Sir James Matheson who bought the Island of Lews with his fortune from the Chinese Opium trade.
In 2017 isGroup was approached by museum & exhibition design specialist Redman Design to help translate the client brief into appropriate external and internal wayfinding signage for the new Museum nan Eilean.
Following a competitive tendering process, Redman Design appointed the isGroup to deliver the project. A robust sampling process led to agreed finishes using several materials with non-corrosive properties. Interlocking aluminium panels faced with 30mm thick Pepperino Granite were used for the external Way2Go totem. The same granite was used for the wall mounted signs as the material has a maximum resistance factor of 5. UV printed graphics on vinyl were applied to the face and edges of the aluminium panels of the totem and for the wall signs and finished using a clear lacquer to seal the artwork.
The internal scheme included a range of directional signs and information panels including complementary freestanding monolith signs, a built-up stainless steel bilingual Welcome Sign in the museum foyer, a range of aluminium panels with UV printed images and vinyl text applied to face. To complete the scheme reverse printed clear vinyls and plotted etched effect letters were applied to the glazing.
Speaking about this project, Jac Lloyd-Jones, Sales Manager at isGroup said:
“From the moment we were invited to tender for this project I knew this was one I wanted to win! The Castle’s rich history and remoteness generated lots of interest in the company. Redman Design is a fantastic client to work with and we have developed a very good relationship off the back of this project. The feedback from both Redman Design and the end client has been great and we hope the signage only proves to enhance visitor experience”.