'Platform One Returns to Abergavenny Railway Station'
A Monmouthshire based creative agency has come full circle, returning to Abergavenny railway station to install interpretation panels nearly 30 years after their studio moved from the station buildings.
Platform One, now based in Monmouth, were located in the old Station Master's Flat from 1985 to 1987, having previously operated in Bristol and Chepstow. From the Abergavenny offices, they worked on prestigious projects for British Coal, British Steel, Royal Ordnance and the Royal Mint and designed a new magazine 'Window on Wales'.
Platform One continues to provide a comprehensive design service for a broad range of SMEs, blue-chip companies, heritage interpretation and education.
David Evans, Senior Partner, recalls:
"We have very fond memories of working in Abergavenny: indeed, we were so inspired by working at the station that we decided to change our company name from 'David Evans Design Associates' to 'Platform One'. We felt that it was more in keeping with the nature of our work because all design is basically a journey, with a start point and destination. We were delighted to win the contract to design interpretation panels for the station that will introduce visitors to Abergavenny and the Brecon Beacons National Park."
The project, which was funded jointly by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA) and Natural Resources Wales was a collaboration between BBNPA, Monmouthshire County Council and Arriva Trains Wales.
Lucy Newton, Interpretation Officer at BBNPA said:
"We were delighted to learn that Platform One had such an affinity with the railway station and the design, production and installation of these interpretation panels has certainly been an interesting journey. We needed two panels; the first to welcome visitors to Abergavenny and orientate them with their location. The second to provide visitors with an introduction to the Brecon Beacons, giving them an idea of the wide range of wonderful opportunities available in this beautiful area of the world. We were very impressed with Platform One’s attention to detail and their ability to create interesting, distinctive designs within brand guidelines. An intelligent, reliable and engaging company to work with"