First installation of KAPA® tech in the UK raises the roof at the home of English Rugby
With Great Britain hosting the Rugby World Cup later this year, Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby will become the focal point for the world’s media and a mecca for rugby fans from around the globe. Being such a landmark on the sporting stage, Twickenham stadium is constantly looking for ways to maximise its presence and promote its significance as a historic sporting venue for international rugby.
When the marketing team at Twickenham wanted to update the rather drab concrete exterior of the stadium, it turned to the strategic vision and insight of Service Graphics, the UK’s leading provider of marketing and communications solution, to transform the existing architectural structure into something that would project a strong identity. The result, was a series of vertical banners printed on KAPA® tech and supplied by Antalis, which were fixed onto the 51 vertical columns that circumnavigate the stadium. This immediately transformed the building’s façade to create a dramatic visual identity that has since become a permanent feature of the stadium.
“Our brief formed part of the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) vision to transform Twickenham stadium into ‘Fortress England’ and create a visual ‘noticeboard’ to profile and celebrate its triumphs and achievements over the years,” explains John Bayly, Account Director – Sport at Service Graphics.
The challenge for John and his project team was to find a substrate that would be strong and durable to withstand the elements, while being light enough in weight for more flexible handling and installation onto the 32 metre high pillars.
Service Graphics were alerted to KAPA®tech, a new and innovative lightweight foam board ideal for exterior applications. With its pioneering composition of Polyurethane foam core and aluminium skins, KAPA®tech provided the rigidity John was looking for while remaining extremely light in weight.
“The combination of the PUR foam coated in an aluminium skin and its lightweight composition made KAPA®tech just the substrate we were looking for,” says John. “The downside, was that the official launch date for the product would have delayed the start of the project.”
Fortunately, production of the substrate was brought forward by 3A Composites especially for the Twickenham installation, while Antalis cut the board down to size and ensured it was delivered within a very tight deadline, to Service Graphics for printing and installation.
Each of the 51 banners are printed to display all the victories of English Rugby over the years, with banners easily replaceable when new triumphs need to be added.
“When using such a new and untried product as KAPA®tech there are never any guarantees as to how it will perform. However the results have been fantastic. Far better than we had originally anticipated,” enthuses John. “There has been no weather impact, and the smooth finish of the KAPA®tech board means we can easily vinyl over the top to create temporary coverings when required, which is much quicker and more cost effective.”
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