Take a look along any high street and it's easy to see just how powerful signage is. Signs show you your bank or favourite restaurant or pub. Well designed signage is an essential part of any business plan if you wish to be certain your customers see your business message, day or night, open or closed.
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In the latter months of 2012 we completed a programme of sign installation at Liverpool John Moores University Byrom Street campus close to Liverpool City Centre.
The work was extensive and included supplying new wayfinding totem signs, refurbishing and over cladding existing freestanding structures on site, converting two seven metre high concrete entrance columns into square totem pillar signs, and installing three large sets of high level brushed stainless steel letters with halo illumination.
There were various unique challenges within the project, such as designing the high-level lettering halo illumination so that it projected onto a built-in rear white outline. This was done to maximise the halo effect because the letters were fitted to a dark building and the halo would otherwise be ineffective.
With the square entrance totem pillar signs needing to have a modular design appearance, the signs were built piece by piece from the floor up using specially designed interlocking panels.
High quality LEDs were used for the illumination of the university name and logo and all metal surfaces (except for the stainless steel effect of the letters) were powder coated in the university corporate colours.
Unfortunately, the fitting work could not be carried out whilst the students were away from the campus on holiday, so this made the installation much more challenging for our fitters due to the number of people milling around the site, therefore extra care was needed.
The finished freestanding structures complemented the recently clad buildings on the campus very well and the high level lettering is very effective and visible from a good distance at night.
We, and more importantly the client, were very pleased with the finished signs.
In May 2012 we were awarded the contract to supply this well-known local college with new external building signs as part of a wider refurbishment programme to the campus.
The most challenging aspect was the high-level sign, mainly due to its size and position on the building, but also because of the short turnaround required!
Working from the clients artist impressions and our survey data, full colour visuals and a working sample of the logo were produced. These were approved by the client, along with illumination levels, colours and finish. We were then able to commence job planning and programming.
All metal bodied channel lettering was CNC routered, fully constructed and powder coated in-house.
The complex college 'HB' logo was a particular challenge due to its quite slender shape, not to mention that it was approximately 5.5 metres square in overall area. What’s more it was required to internally illuminate and span vertically across a row of windows! This was achieved using a concealed galvanized and powder coated steel frame that fitted behind the main body of the logo. As with the letters, the logo was fully fabricated, powder coated, fitted out, assembled and bench tested here in our factory.
Because of its size and complex shape it was necessary to fabricate the body and frame in 9 separate pieces.
These were then assembled & installed on site from the platform of a large cherry picker.
Face illumination of the logo was achieved by using Tridonic classic orange coloured LEDs behind an orange acrylic 5mm thick face, with transformers located inside the building for ease of future servicing.
Substantial fixing templates, detailed sketches and fixing team briefings ensured that the installation of the signs was planned and executed very smoothly and, as anticipated, within the four days allowed - also with the aid of some rare summer 2012 sunshine!
The client was very happy with the finished product and delighted that the high level signs in particular have such an impact, and can be seen from quite a distance away.
We are confident that they will continue to attract attention to the college for many years to come.
27th May 2011 saw the opening of Costa Coffee's first UK Drive Thru coffee shop at Nottingham's Castle Marina Retail Park. This was followed by the opening of Swindon Drive Thru on 24th June.
Work is ongoing on the signage production of five more sites with installation planned over the next 12 months.
This project saw the use of all our in house production teams, from concept and design to digital printing, metal fabrication, CNC routering, powder coating, workshop assembly and installation.
Throughout the two year development process we worked closely with the Architects and Project Management team, producing many drawings and samples, culminating in a high quality bespoke signage package.
Opening day at Costa Drive Thru, Nottingham
An interesting element of the package is the unique double-sided rotating menu display system, developed to provide a strong design impact and to compliment the Costa Drive-Thru brand.
During the summer of 2010 we were invited to attend a meeting at Everton FC Design department to help configure proposed timeline signage. The timeline was to be a continuous band of panelling, over 1 metre deep, fixed at fascia height to the perimeter of the stadium. The graphics would illustrate the history of the club from 1870 to the present day.
The first challenge on this unique project was to position the graphics correctly in relation to the fabric of the building. We had to consider the positions of turnstiles, recesses, protrusions and other anomolies of this venerable stadium. So, a detailed survey was carried out, lasting two days, to ensure every dimension and angle was logged. Artwork could then be adjusted to fit exactly into the areas available.
The second challenge was to meet the clients deadline of installation before the first home game of the season... just two weeks away!
Almost half a kilometre of 3mm thick composite material was cut to size with high quality black & white printed vinyl imagery applied.
The existing signage was removed a road at a time and the two day survey paid dividends with the new panels installing trouble free and in their intended positions.
Operating a shift pattern of production and installation, once again Benson Signs delivered on time, installing the opening ceremony curtain just one hour before the first home game with proud Everton FC Chairman Bill Kenwright and Manager David Moyes in attendance.
Pre-Christmas 2010 we were invited to provide a practical solution to a design proposal for large awnings. These awnings needed to incorporate signage and lighting and be wind resistant. Working closely with the client, designer, shopfitter and structural engineer we submitted a package of costs, technical drawings and 3D visuals which were approved and the order was placed.
To ensure an exact fit into the available apertures production of the awnings could not commence until the new shopfronts were in place. This reduced the programme time. Also, it was essential that the awnings were installed before the Christmas period - the pressure was on!
The large size of the awnings meant that we had to manufacture them in smaller manageable sections. Each section comprised of a powder coated aluminium box section subframe clad in composite wet-sprayed di-bond with the green finish matching the new shopfront. The logos were manufactured from stainless steel with internal LED illumination.
|The work required the use of most of our in-house production departments including steel fabrication, routering, electrical, wet spraying, powder coating and studio production.|
|With each awning being upto 5 metres wide and 3.3 metres high it required two of our installation teams.
The teams arrived on site just as heavy snowfall hit Manchester. Undetered, they worked through the night to deliver yet another project, on time, within budget and to the client's satisfaction.
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