Extreme height expertise ...
Last night one of our Project Managers went to see U2 at the 02 arena and had the opportunity to climb to the top of the Dome. From the roof of the arena you can see the iconic buildings, HSBC Canary Wharf sign and the European Headquarters of JP Morgan. Tara Signs designed, manufactured and worked on the installation on the signs for both these striking Docklands landmark buildings.
Tara Signs was commissioned to produce and fit two sets of 3.5-metre high aluminium built up letters for the North and South elevation of the J.P. Morgan offices in Canary Wharf, London. With a requirement to engineer and install the signage at this extreme height, this project was challenging and quality was paramount to Tara Signs; we needed to produce the signage using materials that were reliable, resilient and long lasting.
This complex project required a unique, robust solution and after researching available materials we identified that Lexan Opal SG3050B would be the most suitable polycarbonate for the letter faces.
Lexan SG3050B has all the properties required for the job in hand, including strength, a brighter white colour when illuminated and excellent diffusion, eliminating hot spots. It is virtually unbreakable and designed to withstand high winds and weather extremes; making it an ideal solution for this high rise building.
Tara Signs produced a working prototype to demonstrate to J P Morgan the unique illuminating properties and the brighter white of the Lexan polycarbonate when combined with LED lighting. Lexan Opal is superior to alternative materials as it uses patented additives that provide its unparalleled bright white colour and enhanced diffusion properties. The prototype was paramount in securing the deal, after seeing the solution first hand J P Morgan commissioned Tara Signs to deliver the project.
Working in partnership with the material suppliers, Tara Signs calculated and evaluated other Lexan product factors such as weight restrictions and drilling compatibility, during both the manufacturing and installation processes. The consultative approach, support and expert materials advice provided by Lexan’s UK representative ensured that Tara Signs delivered this project to the highest standards and met the requirements of the designers, architects and engineers employed by both the Client and Tara Signs. For example, using the calculations specified by the structural engineer, Tara Signs was able to illustrate that Lexan had the strength to withstand the wind factors, even where the thin serif on the logo type face reached a minimum size.
Tara Signs is one of a few companies in the UK with expertise in managing projects where signage is required on high rise buildings. We established our expertise with Canary Wharf and continue to work on similar projects with them.
Brand image is always paramount to the client, especially in such a high-profile location and we were delighted with the representation and superior illumination of the logos on the new offices.