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Valence House & Park & Eastbury Manor House, Barking and Dagenham Council

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About

The only surviving manor house in Dagenham, Valence House dates back to Medieval times and is still partially surrounded by a moat. Following extensive refurbishment, the property’s exciting new galleries tell the story of Barking and Dagenham and its residents throughout the ages.

Once the grounds and garden of Valence House - Valence Park is a relatively small park, ideal for recreation and families.

Eastbury Manor House is a Grade 1 listed Tudor house completed in about 1573 that is owned by the National Trust and managed by the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Project Motivation

As part of the borough’s long-term heritage strategy and with the help of The Heritage Lottery Fund, Barking and Dagenham Council looked to nurture and enhance the historic sites of Eastbury Manor House and Valence House by improving their accessibility.

With most Valence House signage out of date and minimal signage in place at Eastbury Manor it was clear that to improve accessibility new signage and interpretation at both sites would be required.

As part of this programme of restoration and in response to continued misuse of the site and its facilities - Valence Park sought to introduce new prohibition signage as well as improve on-site visitor communication.

Solution

Familiar with our products and recommended by project designer Dennis Brennan of Brennan Design LLP, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham appointed Fitzpatrick Woolmer to manufacture all signage for the project.

Split into two - on the one hand the project required Fitzpatrick Woolmer to establish a suite of highly durable and vandal resistant prohibition signs and notice boards for a historic Park vulnerable to vandalism. On the other we would need to work alongside designer Dennis Brennan to produce a suite of bespoke signs and interpretive displays, specifically designed to complement the historic style and heritage of the houses.

For Valence Park, rail-mounted prohibition signs made from vandal resistant, high resolution n-viro™ panels offered the perfect solution. For the communication of temporary information, traditional style stainless steel Cavalier™ notice boards were selected providing a durable and vandal resistant option.

For Valence House and Eastbury Manor, although durability and vandal resistance would still be essential, the key objective was to produce a suite of signs sympathetic to the heritage of the properties. Bearing this in mind a family of signs were developed using rustic oak posts and stainless steel display frames. Green Oak was chosen to complement the natural timber in the properties and surrounding grounds. Additional wall and rail-mounted information panels were produced to support the primary displays.