Client BBC Scotland
As an approved supplier, Wood and Wood were the natural choice to manufacture and install the external and internal signage for the BBC’s stunning new Scottish headquarters. Opened by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in August 2007, the studios are home to BBC Scotland’s television, radio and online services and the headquarters of the BBC in Scotland.
The BBC wanted the external signage to reflect the buildings high-tech status and its unique position on the banks of the Clyde. The scale of the building meant the external signage had to be of a proportionally large size; also there was a requirement for the lettering to create an impact at night as well as during the day.
Working closely with the client’s brand guidelines, Wood and Wood produced large-scale individual letters to create ‘BBC’, each one measuring 4.15 square meters and weighing 290kg. Manufactured from extruded aluminium covered with a “flex face” to ensure there are no visible joins, they are illuminated using LED technology.
The ‘Scotland’ element of the sign was engineered using specialised acrylic, which appears black during the day and white when illuminated at night.
The sheer size of the signage and the physical location meant stringent health and safety procedures had to be adopted throughout the installation and specialised equipment employed.
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