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Signage & Wayfinding

RPS is an industry leader in the development, design and delivery of wayfinding strategies and directional signage solutions.

Using the latest technology, our specialist team delivers wayfinding and signage services for pedestrian and cycling schemes, major roads projects, junction upgrades, urban centres and driving routes like the Wild Atlantic Way. Projects also include public transport, airports, ports, university and health campuses, as well as commercial and industrial developments.

Our approach to developing signage solutions focuses on consistency, legibility, reliability, sustainability, positioning, orientation, and end user safety. Our wealth of knowledge and experience means that we have long-standing relationships with the state organisations and approvals authorities who set the standards and govern the roll out of signage in Ireland.

Our services:

Wayfinding analysis & strategy development

Existing signage evaluation & auditing

Concept design & development of signage standards

Stakeholder consultation, authority approvals & consents

Detailed design & specification of signage schemes

Traffic calming, road safety, traffic management signage

Design of sign support solutions including multi-post and single post solutions, overhead gantries and cantilevers, structure mounting, passively safe and easily deformable support systems

Case Studies

Boyne Valley Drive Tourist Signage Project

 

 

RPS played a central role in developing a wayfinding signage scheme for this new tourist driving route of the Boyne Valley area.

The Boyne Valley Drive, a 225km long tourist driving route taking in 22 historic sites along the way, was a collaborative project between Fáilte Ireland and the local authorities in Meath and Louth. The project aimed to develop the area as a tourism destination by linking all the major towns (including Trim, Kells, Navan, Slane and Drogheda) with the area's main heritage and cultural attractions, such as the Hill of Tara and Brú na Bóinne (the UNESCO world heritage sites at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth).

RPS reviewed the existing destination area and developed a comprehensive signing strategy including route selection and suitability analysis. Our role involved consultation with multiple stakeholders, such as Fáilte Ireland, OPW, local authorities, tourist attraction operators and community groups. We provided detailed design of the new directional signage scheme, including interface with existing road traffic signs and rationalisation of existing and obsolete signage.

Ireland West Airport Wayfinding Renewal Project

 

 

RPS was responsible for developing a new landside and airside wayfinding strategy to improve passenger and staff experience throughout the airport complex, including approach road network, surface carparks and terminal buildings.

The role involved international research and literature review, survey and audit of the existing asset, mode and movement analysis, development of a complete and consistent strategy, designing a new comprehensive wayfinding scheme, cost estimation, stakeholder consultation and approvals, as well as preparation of tender documents.

Sligo City Loop Signage Project

 

 

The Sligo City Loop is a new designated circulatory loop around the inner city of Sligo that is helping tourists and visitors to navigate around this busy urban area.

The new strategic circulatory loop was developed to direct traffic around Sligo’s city centre whilst avoiding the heavily trafficked streets through the city core. The circulatory route is largely signed in one direction (clockwise) to account for sections involving one-way streets. Each junction on the loop has a unique junction number, which makes it easy for businesses, service providers and visitors to use.

The project complements existing directional signage, and employs a combination of text strings and symbols to direct traffic to the city’s main parking facilities, tourist and civic attractions, third level education centres, and the Sligo Regional Hospital. The loop and its signage also simplify the process of getting to and from the main national primary road network including the N4, N15 and N16. The new signage scheme was developed in line with national standards for orbital route signage.

Wild Atlantic Way Signage Project

 

 

The Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) is one of the longest defined and signed tourist driving routes in the world at approximately 2,500 km in length.

The route traces Ireland's Atlantic coastline from Kinsale in Co. Cork to Malin Head in Co. Donegal, passing through counties Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Sligo along the way. It offers visitors an opportunity to truly discover the west coast, and has over 160 discovery points where touring drivers can stop and take in the best scenic views.

RPS worked closely with Fáilte Ireland to develop and deliver an appropriate wayfinding signage scheme to assist touring visitors navigate the route, which follows various sections of the national, regional and local road network. Our role included collaboration on the development of WAW branding and logo, developing prototype signs (including consultation with the Department of Transport and the Transport Infrastructure Ireland), and designing and delivering a pilot project to test the signage on the ground. RPS developed a comprehensive guidance document for the development of WAW signage plans and the design and installation of WAW signage. We then undertook detailed design of the signage for the WAW route through counties Kerry, Limerick, Galway and Sligo.