Chapel Down Gin Works case study
25th February 2019
Here at Medash Signs, we’ve taken on projects of all shapes and sizes from retail outlets and offices to vehicles and window graphics - and it’s always exciting for us to do something a little bit different. We’re always open to new projects that require a unique approach, and with our forty years of experience in the sign making business we have the expertise to tackle any proposal.
In October 2018, we were approached to manufacture and install the signage for the Chapel Down Gin Works, a glamorous new bar, restaurant, and gin distillery in King’s Cross, London. Designed by Guy Hollaway Architects, the strikingly curved building has an outdoor terrace and great views across the canal to the rear.
We were brought onto the project to create highly visible signage to be installed on the rooftop for both the front and back of the building. Initially, the brief was to create the letters in stainless steel, but this was changed after we advised that they could be made from acrylic for greater cost-effectiveness.
We produced the signs in a matter of weeks, with our staff working around the clock to individually hand-make twenty letters for the building at our facility in Ashford. The deadline was tight, but thanks to the dedication of our team (and a few late nights) we were able to get the manufacturing work completed on schedule.
The December installation was something of a trial of endurance - with rain lashing at the roof, our crew worked tirelessly to mount the lettering on top of the building. We made steel frames on which to mount the letters, and due to the inclemency of the weather it was more of a challenge than anticipated to complete the drilling and get the frames fixed in place. Eventually, with all the support structures installed, we could set about getting the faces attached.
The signs were to be illuminated at night, which we accomplished by equipping each of the acrylic letters with standard LEDs, ultimately faced over with opal cast acrylic (a common material for lightboxes) to create a three-dimensional glowing logo.
The Chapel Down logo is often shown with a red bar or stripe beneath it on some of their bottles and products, and they wanted this to be reflected in the roof signage of their new site. We constructed a curved, three-dimensional bar from red acrylic and black acrylic for both the front and back of the building (which also have internal LEDs for illumination).
The Chapel Down Gin Works building, now completed, opened its doors to the public before Christmas as a “soft launch” with a minimum of fanfare, the restaurant portion of the business to become fully operational a little later. We’re proud to have worked on such an iconic new building - the waterside venue with its illuminated signage is sure to be a big hit for wining and dining in King’s Cross throughout the rest of this year and beyond.