What is 10m long and 1m high? The new sign for Blackburn Town Centre !


Landscape Engineering Ltd were approached by Blackburn with Darwen Council to build and install a bespoke sign in the ‘Hollywood Hills’ style for one of the key gateways to Blackburn. This was to be located on a formed grass mound and turfed area on the former waste ground in front of the bus station in the town. Manufactured from Stainless Steel with Resin http://www.resibond.co.uk bound stone infill this feature is an impressive welcome!

As the local newspaper press release states –

Blackburn welcomes visitors with eye-catching new sign


Visitors and residents will get a new welcome to Blackburn as a sign is unveiled at one of the town’s gateways.


A large permanent ‘Blackburn’ sign has been installed on the new green area to the front of Blackburn bus station at Penny Street. It features letters one metre high and is part of the gateway improvements to the town centre.


Each letter has two fixing legs that will be concreted in the ground.


It is the newest addition to – and a signpost to – the regeneration of Blackburn town centre, which includes the award winning market, new bus station and the multi-million pound developments at the Cathedral Quarter.


It also comes hot on the heels of Blackburn’s triumph at the Great British High Street Awards, where it was awarded the Best British Town Centre award, as well as being crowned ‘Winner of Winners’.


Councillor Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “This is a major gateway to the town centre and this sign will give a big welcome to anyone traveling in for shopping, something to eat, or work or business.


“Blackburn has a huge amount to offer visitors and residents and this sign is another reminder that Blackburn town centre has taken leaps and bounds in what it has to offer.”


Contractor Nick Riley of Landscape Engineering Ltd, said: “When we were asked to produce the 1m high letters by Blackburn with Darwen Council we thought for one minute we were creating the ‘Hollywood’ of the North!


“This another example of the innovation within the Council for enhancing key gateways into the town – they will never please everyone but artworks are always a great talking point. Even better when they are ‘Made in Blackburn”.

The recent new ‘branding’ for the town includes a typeface that is a little different, the upper case ‘N’ is actually like a lower case ‘n’ – always good to keep the public guessing!

Newly imported topsoil onto filled ground takes time to settle and establish hence the ground will need rolling once it dries out and grass starts to grow, ‘roll on spring’ as the phrase goes…..

Posted by Nick Riley on 16th Feb, 2017