16 March 2018
Architectural Signage specialists Signbox were celebrating at the end of 2017 having picked up another British Signs and Graphics Association (BSGA) Architectural Sign of the Year award. Their contemporary signage installed at the luxury Dakota office refit in Weybridge, Surrey, styled powder coated stainless steel lettering with thin illuminated Perspex® opal acrylic, enticing judges in the Architectural Sign category.
Located a stone’s throw from the historic site of Brooklands motor track and aerodrome, Dakota’s name is itself a nod to the rich history of aviation in the area. In the first six months of 2017, the building’s owners had it stripped back to a shell and rebuilt to an extremely high specification throughout by contractors Oakmont Construction. It now boasts more than 35,000 feet of modern, luxury office space over four floors.
The buildings modern, contemporary feel is reflected in the signage fitted along the skyline of the entrance portico and each elevation, with smaller perimeter signage monoliths at eye level for passing traffic.
The signage complements the modern, glass fronted refurbishment by day, whist at night the Perspex® opal radiates the building branding in a stylish look.
“The architects had very detailed designs and it was our job to interpret those to deliver a functional and effective finished product,” says Signbox Director, Matthew Wilkins. “The high elevation signage at the top of the entrance portico needed to be highly secure and finished all round to conceal the internal LED’s from the view of those looking out from the top floor offices and roof terrace. We also needed to account for the angle of the portico roof in fixing the letters in place. The signage on either elevation of the portico was manufactured from the same powder coated, stainless steel as the portico cladding it was mounted on. We added a highlight LED strip around the edges of the letters to provide halo illumination.”
“This was a fantastic project to work on,” Wilkins concludes. “We’ve worked with Oakmont Construction a number of times before and always found them a pleasure to do business with. We were delighted to be able to deliver such an accurate reflection of the architect’s designs, on time and on budget, putting the finishing touch on an ambitious refit project that has created a highly desirable, luxury office space.”
To find out more about award winning signage specialists Signbox visit www.signbox.co.uk.