The Project

Working with the NHS Trust at a well-known University hospital, Graphic Arts Group were asked to design, manufacture, and install gateway signs for a selection of NHS hospital sites.

The Brief

Working alongside the NHS Director of Estates and the chosen NHS FM provider, we were contracted to supply and install 5 large, illuminated monolith signs at various key strategic locations around the estate. These signs would enable patients, visitors, and staff to locate the entrance to the hospital at any time of the day or night easily and quickly. Due to the nature of these signs, it was essential that they were highly visible for members of the public who required emergency access to the hospital, as well as provide a seamless, stress-free experience for visitors who may already be under severe emotional and physical stress.

The NHS logo is an important visual representation of the UK healthcare system and represents the values and purpose of the NHS to millions of people as well as being the trusted mark of quality that the public look for when accessing healthcare. The signage we produced needed to accurately embody the quality of service that the NHS commits to deliver and deliver an on-brand experience that works within the understandably stringent NHS corporate brand guidelines.

After creating several concept sign designs and working through a thorough approval process with stakeholders within the Trust at various levels, the final design was agreed. This meticulous design and approval process allowed us to showcase our attention to detail and it was decided that we would install 5 large monolith signs that would be extensively illuminated at night to always retain the highest visual impact possible.

Upon agreement of the design, it fell to our expert team to ensure that all the relevant structural calculations and wind loading simulations were completed prior to beginning the bespoke manufacturing process. Our personalised manufacturing process ensured that the highest quality materials and processes were used during the creation of these important signs, leading to a highly durable final product that can easily withstand the elements for years to come.

A key factor affecting the success of this project was to limit the potential interruption to vital NHS services during what would be an extensive and labour-intensive install process. For this reason, we completed as much of the installs overnight, arranging the required road lane closures and managing the associated traffic management to ensure that disruption was kept to a minimum as the crane lowered the signs into position.

The Result

Each monolith sign was successfully installed with minimal disruption to the public services on offer at the NHS site. Resulting in a new, highly visible external sign that serves as a guide for every visitor to easily identify entrance points and positively raise the profile of the site within the local areas.

The feedback from site following these installations has been overwhelmingly positive, with patients, visitors and staff noting the high-quality production and increased visibility that the new signs deliver for the sites, no matter the external conditions.

What is a totem sign?

Totem signs, otherwise known as ‘monolith signs’, are freestanding structures that can be constructed in many different materials and often placed externally to attract, inform, and welcome visitors to your site.

The size and shape of a totem sign can vary greatly depending on its purpose. The vertical design and custom manufacture of our totem signage results in a highly durable, secure, and eye-catching display that can be double sided for extra visibility.

With options to illuminate your monolith sign for greater visual impact, well-constructed monolith signs are ideal as prominent brand advertisements and directional signage that can point out an entranceway or make your building become instantly recognisable from the roadside.

To discover more about how external branding and effective signage can help establish your position in the community, speak to one of our Graphic Arts Group experts today.

When choosing a supplier for your signage or graphics project, you’ll want to consider factors such as experience in the industry, value for money, flexibility, responsiveness, use of safer working practices, and commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

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