Client - Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police is a territorial police force responsible for policing Greater London. It is the largest of the three police forces operating in London (the others being The City of London Police and the British Transport Police). It was founded in 1829 and employs more than 33000 officers. The Metropolitan Police Services covers an area of 620 square miles and a population of about 7.2 million.

Project - Exterior signage for London police stations; Heraldry work

Design Brief 

The Lettering Centre team worked with the Metropolitan Police to create a range of signage for the stations in Greater London. The stations were located in a range of locations, such as Fulham, Greenwich, Eastbourne and Plumstead.

Signage comprised of exterior wall-mounted plaques and mounted signage as well as mounted heraldry work


The Lettering Centre manufactured a range of wall-mounted signs for the stations, which were all tailored to different specifications. In Fulham we created a brushed stainless steel back panel on which we etched and infilled black text. This was then fixed to a wooden board, which was mounted on the opening gate.For the station located in Greenwich we applied vinyl graphics in a bright blue shade to a large aluminium panel. On this panel we attached hand-crafted built-up lettering in stainless steel, and further affixed above a cast-aluminium crest. The entire panel was then mounted onto the concrete wall of the station.In Forest Gate the team mounted hand-crafted built up lettering in stainless steel and applied it directly to the stone wall of the building.

We also manufactured plaques created out of timber and sprayed gold, to create a durable yet luxurious impression.


The heraldry work was varied, and ranged from small crestage mounted on a larger panel, or larger cast aluminium coats of arms mounted directly onto a stone fascia behind.