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Signage & Wayfinding

RPS has become Ireland's industry leader in the development, design and delivery of wayfinding strategies and directional signage solutions for infrastructural projects.

Our specialist team provides a unique, best-in-class service using state of the art technology. We have unrivalled experience on both large and small scale wayfinding projects, including pedestrian and cycling schemes, major and minor road schemes, junction upgrades, urban centre schemes, tourist driving routes, public transport schemes, airports and ports, university and health campuses, industrial and commercial projects and parking facilities.

Our approach to developing signage solutions focuses on all the key aspects including continuity, 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 include:

Wayfinding analysis & strategy development

Existing signage evaluation & auditing, including inventory preparation

Concept design & development of signage standards

Stakeholder consultation, authority approvals & consents

Detailed design & specification of signage schemes (directional, orientation, interpretive, regulatory, warning, advisory)

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, retention sockets etc.

Case Studies

Boyne Valley Drive Tourist Signage Project

Boyne Valley Drive Tourist Signage Project

Fáilte Ireland

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 225 km 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.

Dublin Airport Wayfinding Review

Dublin Airport Wayfinding Review

Dublin Airport Authority

RPS carried out a detailed review of the existing and proposed wayfinding for the Terminal 1 multi-storey car park refurbishment project at Dublin Airport.

As part of the Terminal 1 multi-storey car park refurbishment project, RPS was engaged to carry out a detailed review of both the existing and proposed wayfinding schemes for the multi-storey facility. This included a full ergonomic assessment of the new signage schemes for the airport campus road network, the T1 and T2 car parking facilities, the terminal buildings, the designated transportation zones, and the pedestrian signage schemes linking the multi-storey car parks.

Historic Towns Pedestrian Signage Project

Historic Towns Pedestrian Signage Project

Fáilte Ireland

RPS developed national guidelines for the provision of pedestrian wayfinding schemes in historic towns across the country as part of a Fáilte Ireland capital investment initiative.

This unique project was part of an initiative under Fáilte Ireland's Tourism Product Development Strategy, which identified Ireland's historic cities, towns and villages as a cultural heritage asset with significant tourism potential. The aim was to enhance the experience of visitors to these historic locations.

The guidelines are intended as a practical aid to local authorities, chambers of commerce, tidy towns committees, and any other business and community groups who are interested in improving the tourism amenity value of their towns and villages.

RPS' involvement included a review of international best practice, development of national templates for pedestrian wayfinding signs, including directional, orientation and interpretive signs, steering group consultations, as well as development of a national specification including design features, materials, supports etc. We also prepared guidance for the development of tourist signing strategies in towns and villages, including evaluation and maintenance procedures.

National Road Network Re-Signing Project

National Road Network Re-Signing Project

National Roads Authority (NRA)

RPS played a key design role in delivering this €60m re-signing programme for over 2,500km of the National Road network.

RPS provided a comprehensive traffic sign design consultancy service. We were responsible for project, cost and programme management, national signage policy input, market research, co-ordination of signage development and detailed design, preparation of contracts, procurement and tendering, contract administration and construction supervision, and PSDP.

The project also involved liaison and consultation with the NRA, 26 local authorities, state agencies, stakeholders, interest groups, political representatives, members of the public, other design organisations, and civil works and specialist contractors.

As part of this project, RPS has developed and implemented re-signing schemes across many of the country's most prominent National Routes, see map.

Sligo City Loop Signage Project

Sligo City Loop Signage Project

Sligo County Council

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

Wild Atlantic Way Signage Project

Fáilte Ireland

The Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) was officially launched in 2014 and is now the longest defined and signed tourist driving route 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 input into the development of the branding and logo, developing prototype signs (including consultation with the Department of Transport and the NRA), designing and delivering a pilot project in order to test the signage on the ground, as well as developing a comprehensive guidance document for the development of WAW signage plans and the design and installation of WAW signage. RPS also carried out the detailed design of the signage for the WAW route through Counties Kerry, Limerick, Galway and Sligo.