After working with our client Realm for many years and completing various works on this site in the past, we were asked to look at refurbishing a number of freestanding signs on site to refresh the brand and also consider a brand new 9M high totem sign on the roundabout approaching the site.
After lengthy negotiations with the local planning authority, the totem was finally approved but the only issue was how to illuminate the brand and tenant logos.
As the nearest electrical supply was down a steep banking and across a stream, our suggestion was to use a solar powered unit to illuminate the sign.
The solar units generate power from daylight and sunlight which is stored in internal batteries which distribute power to the LED lighting panels. A very cost effective way to illuminate totem signs if you have problems in providing a main feed supply.
By working closely with the design engineers, we kept the design as simple as possible with the LED solar panels incorporated into the top and return sections to generate power for illumination whilst being flush with the main body of the sign. The totem sign consisted of a mild steel internal sub frame overclad with fabricated aluminium panels, all powder coated to a standard RAL. Tenants logos were stencil cut from panels, backed in opal acrylic with digitally printed vinyl to face. A bespoke poster case was also applied to the face of the totem sign to allow for advertising for the site.
The totem was transported to site via HIAB transport and installed onto mild steel groundcages set into solid concrete foundations.
Other works on site also included refurbishment of an existing 5.5MT double sided totem sign, a refurbishment of a freestanding entrance sign, tray panels fixed to entrance gates with lockable poster cases for advertisements and finally a new freestanding directional sign located at an alternative entrance to the site.