Tag: urban regeneration

Coatbridge Underpass

Anti Graffiti Graphic Tile

The North Calder Heritage Trail is a linear route that travels from Summerlee Heritage Park, through Coatbridge, before winding ten miles into the surrounding countryside. It is important that the trail remain interesting and easy to navigate as it winds through Coatbridge, and so North Lanarkshire Council commissioned us to decorate the underpass through which the trail travels as it leaves the town centre.

6274 commenced research into the cultural history of the area, and sourced images from historical archives throughout North Lanarkshire. We were keen to design something in keeping with the industrial heritage of the landscape, which would be decorative, but also informative. We pitched a variety of ideas, and the favourite was a concept that referenced the two flows that were the lifeblood of Coatbridge throughout the 19th Century namely the molten iron of heavy industry, and the canals that took the end product to market. The council were delighted with the finished artwork.

The graphic tiles used in this process are perfect for outside use as they have many fantastic qualities that make them fit for this purpose including graffiti, fade and frost resistance.

Albion Street Mural

Albion Street Mural Project.

6274 were commissioned by Merchant City Properties to design a small tiled mural for their empty Albion Street, Glasgow site.

We worked with local museums to source images of the area from Glasgow’s past.

The Merchant City was once one of Glasgow’s main Fruit and Veg trading hubs and the images collected depict this perfectly.

Our graphic tile installations are designed to last the test of time and leave behind a legacy for future generations.

Please feel free to take a look back in time next time you walk down Albion Street and let us know your thoughts on one of Glasgow’s only tiled public art murals.

Glebe Tennis Courts

6274 individually illustrated four life size tennis banners for Irvinbay Regeneration Company as they promoted the new Glebe tennis courts in Saltcoats, Scotland.

The courts were officially opened on Sunday 17th October by Judy Murray, who also ran a coaching session for 50 local young people.

Each banner has a hidden tennis star located in the 5m x 2m graphic mesh and set a great back drop to the new courts that are free to the public.

Have a look at the images below to see if you can spot the tennis stars.

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Ginger the Horse

6274 were approached by Riverside Inverclyde to promote their latest artistic acquisition for Greenock.

A large Andy Scott horse sculpture has been commissioned to be erected on the new Cathcart Street pedestrian precinct.

The remit was to come up with initial ideas of how to get the local community excited about the new sculpture.
Utilising the existing Heras fencing surrounding the gap site, we proposed to create a horse based theme which would run round the side of the site.

We then got local schools Lady Alice and All Saints Primary involved to produce their own design on our horse templates. We taught a few classes about animation and graphic design and then left the rest to their own creative minds.

The results speak for themselves.

We then scanned each image, and chose 20 of the most exciting drawings to work with.
Inverclyde Now Story

The images were then designed and printed onto full colour graphic panels to be attached to the area surrounding the site to create the illusion of running horses.

The children’s animations were also immortalised on our youtube channel.

Once installed the site had a visit from Lady Alice Primary, All Saints Primary, Riverside Inverclyde, Greenock Telegraph and Inverclyde Council.

Below is a selection of images from the Ginger the Horse project.

London Road Mural

6274 worked along side Lead Artist Peter McCaughey and his team at WAVE, Glasgow regeneration company Clyde Gateway and their partners Dawn Construction to produce a 100 metre long artwork as part of the new Eastgate office building project.

We engaged with pupils and teachers of Eastbank Academy in Shettleston  as well as local artists and writers to produce a fantastic mural on the site which is one of the key locations leading up to the Commonwealth Games.

We worked with our allotted budget and time scales to complete the work before the official opening by the Lord Provost and national press.

6274 engaged with the pupils of Eastbank Academy, Glasgow over a period of 3 months. We conducted seminars and workshops with local artists, writers and poets to show the pupils the intention of the artwork project.

We then photographed and scanned their work from their Higher portfolio and gathered everything together digitally to collate the final graphics.

6274 then worked with the material to pull together the final work. We created themes throughout and added relevant text and poems from the pupils work to add to the overall mural. Once completed we worked with our trusted suppliers to print, cut and install the graphic panels to the site over a period of two days.

The outcome of everyone’s efforts is a 100 metre long graphic, dibond mural installed on one of Glasgow’s busiest roads. The official opening ceremony took place at the start of February 2011 and was hosted by Glasgow’s Lord Provost and Clyde Gateway. The project has received media and press coverage as well as great feedback from the pupils involved. So far there has been no vandalism of the project, which is testament to the local area. Everyone’s work can be seen at the website we built for the project at www.londonroadmural.co.uk as well as a few images below.

Section from the London Road Mural, a project involving Eastbank Academy, Clyde Gateway and Dawn Construction.

Dalry Public Art

Dalry is a small town set in attractive scenery in North Ayrshire. We were commissioned to design a new logo for the town and design artwork for a number of empty shop fronts.

Some towns have an apparent core image, for example, a building, industry or famous inhabitant. With Dalry, there were no obvious candidates despite a rich and varied history. However, we were clear that we wanted to be modern, forward thinking and optimistic, so we proposed ‘living Dalry’. This has proved to be a great fit. Sub-brands have been established alongside the main logo, including green Dalry, business Dalry, shop local Dalry and sporting Dalry – in fact, all the aspects of the town and community which make it a great place to live.

Dalry benefits from a large number of independent shops. However they are in need of support, and locals are being encouraged to shop locally through a community magazine and the ‘living Dalry’ website which is currently under development.

This ongoing project also includes artworks on the interior and exterior of the library, and on the boarded up windows of the King’s Arms Hotel. Local involvement has been key in all of the projects – from the hundreds of people who allowed us to take their photos, to the many contributions to the memory tree, which has been installed in the library.

The team at the Dalry public library art project wanted to engage with the local community. They proposed a theme which involved local school children contributing historic artifacts and memorabilia.
The range of contributions was phenomenal, reflecting the positive atmosphere within the community and ultimately enhancing the local library.

Everything from family photos, trophies, yearbooks and sweet wrappers were photographed and scanned. We then illustrated a Dalry graphic memory tree and inserted the memorabilia items to the branches.

The final design was printed onto large di-bond graphic panels and installed to the walkway up the stairs to the Children’s library.

The theme of the Creative Dalry Communities Arts Project is film. 6274 developed a series of 3D visuals illustrating famous film actors and scripts. The visuals were used to brighten up the exterior windows of the King’s Arms Hotel in Dalry. The response from the community has been so positive that the King’s Arms has decided to continue the theme within its interior decorating as part of its forthcoming refurbishment.

Below is a selection of images from the Dalry project.

Port Glasgow In Bloom

Port Glasgow kids have revealed hidden talents to designers from 6274, as they worked together over 3 days to produce over 80 stunning floral paintings.

Taking flowers as a theme, the children attending the summer play scheme at Boglestone Community Centre produced stunning paintings.

Artist Bruce Macaulay added,

“So often children are denied quality materials, so we worked with top brand paints and canvasses, the results speak for themselves”.

Rather than drawing from memory, swathes of fresh flowers were provided, so that the children could get up close, touch, feel, and really look at the flowers from across the world. The final results fill 5 windows of Port Glasgow Library, and the wall next to the swimming pool, adding an extra dimension to the Port Glasgow in Bloom project, which has seen floral displays throughout the town. The work was commissioned by Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council as part of the Town Centre Regeneration Fund initiative.

The final art work from the children was then scanned at high resolution to work with for the design of the two sites. 6274 then created a brand new logo for Port Glasgow in Bloom to give the project a recognisable brand.

The Port Glasgow Library window displays were printed onto a new contra vision material to allow for light to shine through into reading areas while allowing for vibrant colours for the outward facing design. This material is installed in minutes and allows for the graphics to be taken down and reapplied many times over without leaving any sticky marks on the windows. The final results speak for themselves.

The second site is a 15 meter long art gallery banner on Fore Street outside the Port Glasgow swimming pool. 12 of the kids paintings were given graphic frames and positioned at eye level to produce a fantastic outside gallery.

Many thanks to everyone involved.

Motherwell Underpass

North Lanarkshire Council wanted to redevelop Motherwell town centre.

Pedestrian access to the town was via four covered underpasses that were in need of upgrading. 6274 were commissioned to create a more welcoming entrance to the town centre for both residents and visitors alike. We sourced a technique that meant photographic images could be applied tile to produce a permanent image glazed in to the tile. The resulting images were not only striking but would withstand temperatures from -40ºC up to 50ºC.

We worked with super market chain Asda to photograph individuals from the local area. The result was a large colourful section of peoples faces that can be seen above.

We worked with Glasgow School of Art, photographers and the local community to pull together different themes for each of the underpasses.

The underpasses in Motherwell, Scotland still looks great today.

6274 is one of the only companies in Scotland to specialise in this regeneration service – no project is too big or too unconventional!

We would be delighted to hear your comments and ideas regarding graphic tile installations.


Lead Graphic Designer: Bruce Macaulay

West Hamilton Street Underpass: Photography – Susie Baker, Design – Bruce Macaulay

Barrie Street Underpass: Original Paintings – Kristina Macaulay, Design – Bruce Macaulay

Merry Street Underpass: Design – Bruce Macaulay

The Pend Tiled Panel: Photography – Bruce Macaulay