To provide and install illuminated, large scale signage, at extreme high level, to coincide with a rebrand of the building.
The total timeline of the project ran for 9 months, from initial conversations and preliminary site surveys through to completion of manufacture and installation. The installation stage took 5 days, including works setup and concrete reinforcement.
After the initial consultation, we conducted thorough site surveys which allowed us to recommended materials and methods of installation; leading to a design concept and sketches for building and planning consent. Once consent was granted, we produced the technical build specification for the project.
Our team went on to project manage the manufacture of signage, along with traffic management (road and pavement closure), abseil teams and access equipment for the installation phase.
The main signage for Pennine Five consists of hand-formed solid aluminium lettering, specialist welded with internal supports. These were then colour-matched to brand specifications and powder coated, with vinyl faces to allow for internal illumination.
Following fitment to the building facade, the letters were fully wired and daisy-chained into specific entry points within the building, without breaching the finished client walls internally.
With the extreme height and close proximity of the building to a busy road, we opted for two methods of installation to ensure project completion within the agreed timeframe.
Our primary installation method utilised our IRATA qualified abseil team to access from the roof, but with the support of a 75 metre truck mount assisted basket. This allowed the signage to be supported and tethered to the basket in case of equipment failure.
The main challenge for this project was the sheer scale of the building and signage, combined with the close proximity to a busy public space. In relation to the installation procedures and safety of the signage over the years to come, the high level of wind-generated between Pennine Five and neighbouring buildings was also a major consideration.
To overcome these factors, each 2.5m letter was assigned a 3-man team and secured to the building with an average of 15 points of contact per letter. The building’s exterior concrete facade was also reinforced as an extra precaution with specialist stainless steel rods and chemical anchors to add further strength to the exterior structure.
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