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Tec Hub based SplashMaps scoops top cartography award

SplashMaps, who work out of Tec Hub, Eastleigh’s newest Creative workspace, beat off tough competition to win this year’s prestigious Wallis Award, run by the Society of Cartographers.

The winning entry was for SplashMaps’ Tour du Nord map series, created as part of the legacy for the highly successful Tour de France Yorkshire that took place back in July.

The Eastleigh company was invited by the planning consultants for the Tour de France Steer Davies Gleave to create a map that would be used by the general public during the historic cycle race through Yorkshire. The map was devised to get people to the best vantage points on the day, to make a long lasting memento and be used for legacy events that would run for years afterward.

SplashMaps is the leading manufacturer of navigation maps that are clear, user-friendly and printed onto a material that is both waterproof and washable.

Its winning Tour du Nord map, despite the length of the routes measuring 190km and 201km, was printed on two practical scarf-sized maps made from their useable, weatherproof material.

The Wallis Award judging panel was particularly taken by the map’s ease of use with comments including: “Very user-focused design”, and “Effective use of a novel medium, retaining graphic clarity”.

Speaking about winning the Wallis Award, MD of SplashMaps David Overton said: “The award is great for us.  The learned cartographic profession have taken our map and considered it critically against some great competition.  Their stamp of approval means we are no longer a novelty or curiosity, but we are making serious, uncompromising maps that really do fit the needs of outdoor adventurers in every way.”

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For more information on this story or to speak with a representative of SplashMaps, please contact Lucia Blash at lucia.blash@eastleigh.gov.uk or on 02380 627829.

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