John Paul Construction was commissioned to manage the refurbishment of an office building at Vanwall Business Park on behalf of Mercer Real Estate Partners. The full category A office fit-out project was extensive and included the removal of the existing façade and roof, as well as creating an additional floor.
One of the key architectural-led design elements specified was to include a colour-changing feature wall at the back of the building’s reception area and to create a similar effect on the front desk.
Working in partnership, LED and solar powered lighting systems specialist Zeta Specialist Lighting, and Tara Signs, one of the UK’s leading sign makers, came up with a solution to convert what was originally, an expensive to develop architectural feature, into a cost-efficient, highly-effective and ultra-modern signage solution.
A combination of Zeta’s technological expertise in LEDs and Tara Signs’ specialist know-how in signage solutions enabled the two companies to recommend an alternative solution to the client’s original plan to utilise an expensive acrylic substrate featuring an embedded pattern, a move that reduced the cost by over £10,000.
Tara Signs created an innovative 4 metre by 2 metre fabric covered installation, equipped with a Novatec box fitted with Zeta’s RGB Embedded LED Panels. Ideal for use in advertising light box backlighting and signage, the Zeta Embedded LED Panel has excellent energy saving properties and delivers superior lighting levels. It is ultra-slim – just 3.5mm deep, waterproof and available in bespoke sizes for ease of fitting. It is a durable and cost-effective solution for all types of back lit signage and is the perfect replacement for traditional fluorescent illumination.
The feature wall is equipped with four DMX controllers that provide the client with the ability to access over 2,000 colour options – and it is also future-proof, providing the building’s tenants with the opportunity to add a company logo or new background to the skin if they wish, which is easily done and doesn’t require any technical support to action. The Embedded LED Panels have been programmed so that the colour changes and effects work together. The second stage of the project included creating a similar colour changing feature on the front desk. 5 metre by 1 metre opal polycarbonate panels with a digital print pattern were treated with UV laminate and back-lit by Zeta’s RGB Embedded LED Panels, controlled via three DMX controllers to work in conjunction with the feature wall, delivering an impactful, versatile and customisable feature.
Taking a conceptual architectural feature and turning it into a signage reality not only provided John Paul Construction with a futuristic and impactful feature in the building’s entrance, but also saved a significant amount of money. The solution delivered, resulted in cost savings of over £10,000. LEDs use significantly less power than florescent tubes, a standard florescent tube has an average rated life of 15,000 hrs while Zeta’s Embedded LED Panels last almost three times longer, meaning that the building’s new tenants will benefit from lower energy bills and carbon emissions.