Those using London’s new Elizabeth Line tube have the first sighting of new 12-sheet Halo Media Panels, created for outdoor advertising company Global and manufactured by Newmarket-based graphic display specialist arken P-O-P International.
The Halo Media Panels feature curved and flat toughened glass, printed opal diffusers, and 6000 kelvin white LED illumination to create impact. They were produced with an aluminium back panel to allow for non-toxic dry-posting application and aluminium Ultragrip top and bottom sections to retain printed images, along with updateable LED lighting and integral power supplies.
The Halo Panels were designed, technically developed, and manufactured by arken P-O-P International to suit varying diameter tunnels and flat walls in passenger tunnels within all stations along the Elizabeth Line. Each tunnel was digitally measured, ensuring the media panels were produced to the exact dimensions, with only a 10mm tolerance. This data was then translated by arken’s development and engineering teams who produced a bespoke Media Panel solution for every passenger tunnel in the stations.
Due to tunnel access restrictions, the Halo panels were designed to be produced and constructed such that it could be “hand-carried” via the escalators to the tunnel for assembly and installation.
arken P-O-P International business development director Paul Smart said: “Manufacturing media panels of this style and size presented many complex manufacturing challenges - requiring a high-level of engineering expertise. The success of the solution also required close collaboration between our creative design team, engineering and development teams, Global and TfL– essential on such a technical project, to ensure the strict safety regulations were met, without compromising the desire for a premium passenger side media solution.”
Global’s head of engineering and product John Skelton added: “The design and technical expertise for this work is considerable. Providing an agile solution allowed for manageable deliveries to individual locations and movement of components on site, while continuing to present the brand identity and offer clients impactful, consistent advertising across the Elizabeth Line stations.”
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, visited Paddington Elizabeth line station to mark the completion of the transformational route.