Doune Castle & Village
External signage leads the way at popular Scottish heritage site
From the outset, our team were incredibly mindful of the context and significance of the venture. All aspects of the signage needed to be in keeping with the setting, from the chosen material to the size and positioning, whilst observing the timescales laid out by HES. As the site is subject to a Landscape Conservation Management Plan, we also needed to ensure the work had little to no impact on the approximately twenty recorded wildlife habitats within the grounds. Accordingly, our experts conducted a comprehensive site survey to understand the detailed requirements and any restrictions in full prior to commencing the first phase of the project - which in total spanned three months of Spring 2020 and the first three months of 2023.
We sourced a large quantity of European kiln-dried Oak to create waymarker and finger posts to help visitors navigate their way around Doune, the castle and its nature reserve. As many veteran trees around the monument are old Oaks pre-dating the 18th century, the addition of our Oak wayfinding signs was harmonious with the very essence of Doune. A custom-engraved timber lectern emblazoned with “Doune Historic Village” was created, much to the satisfaction of HES. A collection of interpretation boards manufactured from our “Vault” panels was also supplied, a robust, vandal-resistant external signage system which brings stunning photographic quality to outdoor graphics. Completing the project, a double-sided welcome sign now marks the entrance to the Castle to greet its thousands of annual visitors in style.
All installations were carried out in stages to minimise the interruptions to Doune’s tourists and wildlife. We also took advantage of a period of temporary closure that HES enforced for essential masonry restoration works to the castle to undertake much of the work.
“It’s clear to see why Doune Castle and the nearby village of Doune are must-visit locations. Steeped in history and rich in nature, it was a privilege to direct the Doune signage project. From start to finish, we worked to preserve the monument and villages’ abundant charms whilst creating a tourism-friendly space to promote their presence for all to enjoy.” Josh Taylor, Leach Project Manager.
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