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City Walls, Chichester District Council

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Capturing The Essence of Living and Surviving Within Chichester

About

Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex. It has a long history as a settlement; its Roman past and its subsequent importance in Anglo-Saxon times are only its beginnings. It is the seat of a bishopric, with a 12th century cathedral, and is home to some of the oldest churches and buildings in the UK.

Chichester today is a local government stronghold, with three levels of government being administered there. It is also a transport hub and the centre for culture in the region with a Festival theatre and two art galleries. Nearby Chichester Harbour, together with the South Downs and the city walls, provide many opportunities for outdoor pursuits.

Project Motivation

Working with the City Walls Partnership, Chichester District Council were looking to raise awareness of the significant role the city walls played in shaping, protecting and defining Chichester.

Through engaging interpretation and a complimentary marking scheme, the objective was to capture the essence of living and surviving within these walls, leading visitors on a journey of discovery and enlightenment.

Project Solutions

Lectern Displays

The bespoke design of this project required some very specialist fabrication work. Utilising our standard stainless steel display frame with custom aluminium supports, we were able to confidently supply robust, vandal resistant lectern displays.

The City Walls motif was laser cut through the bottom panel prior to fabrication and finishing and all components were powdercoat finished and textured to represent a bronze effect.

To maximise the impact of the interpretation we recommended n-viro™ printed panels. These panels offer excellent clarity of colour and high resolution reproduction that suited such delicate yet vibrant artwork.

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Interpretive Plaques

Etched zinc makes a great tactile display, offering very fine detail but giving the visual effect of a traditional cast plaque. Available in 3mm and 7mm thicknesses we used the heavier gauge material for durability and authenticity.

Recessed areas were infilled with a bronze effect coating, a clear lacquer was then applied to the whole panel to preserve the finish and protect against graffiti.

Pavement and Gateway Markers

Bronze floor plaques were cast to a thickness of 12mm. Casting patterns were made up to accommodate the rectangular and circular plaques, to the exact dimensions required by our client.

Hidden fixings were mechanically attached to the reverse of each plaque to anchor it to a concrete base. With bronze being such a valuable item it was important the rear anchors were permanently keyed in to a concrete footing to prevent the plaques from being stolen. All panels were installed perfectly flush to the surface to ensure they do not present a trip hazard.

Installation

As we needed to fit the round bronze plaques into traditionally paved areas we sought the services of a specialist core driller. This enabled us to recess the plaques completely flush with the existing surface whilst protecting the paving from unnecessary and unsightly damage.

Our main priority is always to ensure a safe and swift conclusion to installation works, minimising disruption to the general public and leaving behind secure sign displays that will remain so for many years to come.