Omega were invited to tender for two 10m totem signs and one 7454mm x 5428mm retail park directory sign.
The brief via architectural drawings requested illuminated 10m high totem signs carrying the Crown Point Retail Park logo. Internally they were to be illuminated with fluorescent lighting to the logos with up lighting to the feature canopy. The signage also carried five free floating bands each to be illuminated with blue LED's. The second sign was to be fully illuminated with fluorescent lights and carry the twenty-eight individual retail advertising boards.
Installation was a real challenge as the location of the proposed signage was at the entrance of a trading retail park. Consideration therefore had to be given to access for customers during installation and health and safety given the highest priority.
One location presented particular logistical problems as access for the concrete delivery equipment was restricted. This resulted in the use of a 16m delivery boom to enable the concrete to be transported up and over the fence. Installation at this location also required Omega to manage the road closure of a busy main artery road serving Leeds city centre.
During the road closure man lifters were located on the highway and a 80 ton crane was required to enable the enormous sign to be lifted over the obstacles preventing access and then placed in position.
Due to size of the signage the electrical installation also required some "thinking outside of the box". Normal factory electrical and panel assembly had to be conducted on site and this led to the need for the construction of a mobile working area. All the technical requirements had to be re-housed on site on a temporary basis and the health and safety aspects of the mobile area be accounted for.
Due to the complexities of the signage, design engineering played a key role to ensure that maintenance was as hassle free as possible. The engineering department used the latest software packages to allow complex drawings to be produced and facilitate manufacture. This led to individual panel sizes being installed that complied with the original design brief but also provided reasonable access for maintenance requirements as and when required.
However the result is a spectacular sign which is a real local landmark and provides a great entrance for Crown Point Retail Park.