Lustalux delivers for groundbreaking children’s centre

The Preston-based company were chosen to oversee and deliver the whole signage project for the brand new specialist Autism facility near Keele, in Staffordshire.

Part funded personally by Phones4U entrepreneur and philanthropist John Caudwell, the stunning £18m building is a groundbreaking childhood neurodevelopmental research centre and it is the very first of its kind in the UK.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive at The Caudwell International Children’s Centre, said: “Our aim is to revolutionise the way millions of people in the UK affected by the condition can be helped and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Lustalux and all the other businesses who have helped build and launch our new centre.”

Richard Lancaster, managing director of Lustalux, added: “Lustalux is proud to have been involved with such a great project and we were delighted to be invited to attend the grand opening carried out by John Caudwell himself. An auspicious day for a stunning building with a great purpose. Well done to everyone involved!”

Lustalux were initially contacted by the architects for the project, C4 Projects, in 2015 with a simple requirement for advice regarding glass manifestation.

Involvement increased over time to include various types of signage and graphics including external signage, glass manifestation, internal signage, wall graphics and murals.

When the brief expanded into a full signage requirement, Lustalux manufactured and installed two totem signs plus several free-standing wall signs. All these were produced in the distinctive Caudwell purple branding with butterfly logo providing an eye catching feature on approaching the centre.

Internally the facility is designed sympathetically towards the autistic condition. This consideration is also applied to the signage and graphics around the interior of the building whereby everything is designed to provide a calming atmosphere rather than over-stimulate. Images and text are subtle rather than vibrant to create a peaceful ambience.

One of the finishing touches with the project was to help create a "Thank You Wall". This entailed the installation of brushed steel flat cut letters spelling Thank You with each letter containing small hooks. Lustalux then manufactured a number of fret cut acrylic butterflies to be attached to the hooks with small key rings.

Each butterfly contains the name of someone who has made a valuable contribution to the building and the well-being of the centre. Needless to say John Caudwell's name is on the first butterfly attached.

A full virtual tour of the new groundbreaking facility is available on www.caudwellchildren.com.

Whatever your signage, vinyl graphics, window film or architectural refurb project, big or small, speak to the market leaders at Lustalux who will treat it with equal care and attention.