GOOD DIRECTIONS LTD
Suppliers of: Outdoor clocks GRP Public clocks GRP Electric clocks Outside clock Tower clocks GRP Clock Towers GRP Clocktowers Architectural GRP products GRP structures GRP architectural features
Good Directions Ltd design, manufacture and install an extensive range of exterior clocks and clock towers.
Main Product Ranges include:
A wide range of traditional and modern exterior clocks. Clock mechanisms, clock control systems, electronic bell chiming and dial illumination.
A range of GRP clock towers which can be fitted with up to four exterior clock faces. Bronze bells and electronic bell chiming systems can be added to the specification.
A range of GRP cupolas and roof turrets which can be supplied in a variety of styles and can be customised to order. These can be specified for ventilation purposes, or as a source for natural light.
Bezel clocks for mounting onto walls or double sided drum clocks fitted with brackets for projecting from a wall can be specified to suite all applications
Free standing external clocks. Standard designs include the two-dial ‘Albert’ and four-dial ‘George’.
GRP structures can be manufactured to specific design. We have a large range of special moulds and a bespoke design facility.
We supply a range of weathervanes, made in copper with brass directionals.
Custom designs can be manufactured to any size and from virtually any material. Phone 01489 797773 to speak to one of our sales representatives.
Good Directions Ltd restores historic clock to its former glory
There’s a very special clock at the Corn Exchange in Rochester that’s been telling people the time for nearly 250 years. The historic timepiece, a gift from Sir Cloudesley who was MP for Rochester from 1695 to 1701, had fallen into disrepair with wear and tear over the centuries taking its toll until much of the clock had to be dismantled for safety reasons.
With over 30 years experience in clock manufacturing and restoration Good Directions Ltd was approached to bring the clock back to life. The original wooden dials were in a terrible state with much of the wood broken off, deteriorated or repainted so often that the intricate detailing around the edge of the dial was all but lost.
Having removed all the layers of paint to expose a section of the original outer detail, silicone moulds were taken to be able to produce a new ornate ring in GRP, which was then finished with liquid gold paint. Each numeral was then measured and perfectly drawn so that they could be recreated on the new painted metal dials.
For ease of future maintenance and to reflect on the original construction the dials were made in sections with a removeable centre segment, to allow access to the mechanisms in the future without having to remove an entire clock dial.
An aluminium drum with internal framework was manufactured at our factory to house the impressive 6ft dials and finished in black as per the original with drainage holes drilled in the bottom to deal with any water ingress or moisture build-up.
The original hands were replicated in stainless steel and again finished in liquid gold paint to match the dial. These were perfectly counterbalanced and are driven by our heavy duty CL300 electric mechanisms, controlled by our clock resynchroniser. This will keep both clocks accurate, automatically restart them after any power failures and alter them at the summer and winter time changes.
Before the clock was put back in its pride of place above the High Street in Rochester a time capsule was placed inside the drum full of messages from primary school children explaining what they love most about Rochester, for future generations to find the next time the clock needs restoring in decades to come.
Large clock at school keeps everyone on time
Large clock at school keeps everyone on time
When Crofton school completed their building renovations, they wanted a large clock to feature on the blank wall of the stairwell, however with only lightweight cladding they were worried the clock would be too heavy. They also wanted a modern style to suit the refurbished building, so individual rectangular chapters and straight baton hands were the ideal answer.
First, we created visuals for the school team to approve prior to manufacturing the clock. Our engineers then went to site and black painted metal rectangles denoting the hours were individually fitted to the wall to create an impressive 6ft diameter clock. The clock hands are operated by our heavy duty CL300 mechanism with a shaft that goes through the wall for support, with the mechanism and clock controller neatly housed inside an electrical box on the inside of the building easily accessible by the stairs.
Using our state of the art Total Control System clock controller with a battery back up means that the clock will always be accurate and automatically adjust the for the summer and winter time changes too.