Kent printer presses on with the Crossrail hoardings

By Max Goldbart, Monday 21 August 2017

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The Crossrail project, a 73-mile-long train line running across and under London and the Home counties, was given approval back in 2008 and construction began a year later.

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As it has neared its December 2018 completion date, its builders have needed to keep the public informed, and in 2012 it sought a display specialist for the print and installation of a wide variety of graphics. In swooped Chatham, Kent-based PressOn, which won tender five years ago but is almost at completion of another major package of works. 

What did you produce?

This particular set of works has consisted of the print and installation of around 370 hoardings across London rail and Underground stations, including Bond Street, Farringdon, Paddington and Liverpool Street. Hoardings have been printed in bursts over the past few months and this part of the project is now nearly complete. 

“We won the tender several years ago and haven’t been constantly doing the work in those years but it has been various stages of the construction project, and this round demonstrates the new phase,” said PressOn managing director Nigel Webster. 

What did the job entail? 

The majority of the printed graphics have been 2.4x1.2m, with some slightly larger at 3x1.5m. Hoardings are printed using PressOn’s roll-to-roll HP Latex 3500 on self-adhesive vinyl. 

They are mounted onto Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels and laminated using a Rollsroller laminator. A team of six to seven installation staff then carry out installation. 

What challenges were overcome? 

Webster said the installation poses more of a challenge than the actual printing. 

“These are quite prominent sites in and around London so getting stuff in and out, big pallets of printed ACM panels, and being able to work on those prominent sites is quite a challenge,” he said. 

“There’s not undue pressure from Crossrail, but when you get artwork it usually has to be up within a week or so.”

What was the feedback? 

PressOn said that Crossrail was happy with the project and it is scheduled to be completed on time. It will now most likely be recalled to carry out “remedial work”, producing graphics and seminars for shows.


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