After working together last year to temporarily cover the entire front elevation of the building opposite, The University of Southampton approached us to work on a refresh of their window graphics on 1 Guildhall Square, replacing the old branding with their new logo.
The project timeline from initial consultation to final installation was approximately 1 month.
The project began with a site safety inspection and report on how to approach gaining access for installing the signage and overcoming extreme health and safety aspects due to the height of install. We then advised on material choice and considerations, structural limitations and future maintenance.
The 10m x 3.2m signage consists of digital print one-way vision vinyl applied to the exterior of the windows. One-way vision allowed for a striking graphic over a large area without blocking all of the light to the office space inside, while also being removable and not requiring any fixings to the building façade.
Following the site inspection and consultation with the customer, we opted to use our abseil team to access from the roof, with weighted deadman trolleys to support the team over the edge. Back-up ties were also used for 2 further failsafe methods.
Due to the height of the building and limited access, the initial idea was to assemble a scaffold tower on the roof platform below the install location to access from below. However, given the 6 flights of stairs to access that platform and the time of setting up vs an abseil install, we decided to arrange roof access and tie-in locations to utilise our abseil team; this was the safest method of access and allowed for a shorter install window with less disruption to staff within the building.
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