Thanks to the internet, clock manufacturer Good Directions Ltd of Hampshire and Derbyshire were contacted, together with several other clock companies across Europe and America, to bid for the chance to supply 122 exterior clocks.
Good Directions has spent the last 20 years building a reputation worldwide as one of the market leaders in the design, construction and installation of exterior clocks, clock towers and GRP structures with previous projects including clocks in Leicester Square, St Ethelburgas church in London, Warwick Castle and Leeds Castle.
Once awarded the contract Good Directions was able to advise on the design for the clocks using CAD drawings and artist impressions, customizing their standard designs to be in keeping with the local area and coloured to match the surrounding street furniture.
Twenty four ‘George’ style, four sided pillar clocks were chosen with varying dial designs and decorations to feature in many city centres across the country. Cast aluminium columns support GRP dial boxes painted in black with hand finished detailing picked out with 23½ carat gold leaf.
Nine circular and four square double sided wall mounted feature clocks once more with various dial and bracket styles were also manufactured. Again, 23½ carat gold leaf was used to embellish the feature clocks with city names and the country’s coat of arms.
To ensure the accuracy of each clock feature, time and date information provided by GPS is used to synchronise the clocks though their Total Control System(TCS). The TCS is designed to automatically carryout time changes and is fitted with a battery back-up system to keep the clocks running for several days without mains power.
Due to the continued success of Good Directions export sales they see Eastern Europe and the Middle East as a key expansion area for 2008/09. Paul Mordecai, Managing Director of Good Directions, says: “While in the UK clocks are often seen as central features in a community, in many countries they are still very few and far between. We are proud to have been chosen for such a large prestigious project and that our clocks now form an important part of an ongoing regeneration scheme creating local focal points for so many people to enjoy.”
For further information or more photographs please contact:
Mrs Rosalie Hoare – Marketing Manager
Tel: 01489 797773
Head Office: 8 Bottings Ind. Est., Hillsons Road, Botley, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2DY
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