First Wessex

Signage for an affordable housing provider

Client First Wessex

Vivid are Hampshire’s largest provider of affordable homes, formed in April 2017 from the merger of housing associations First Wessex and Sentinel.  They have around 70,000 customers and own and manage 30,000 homes in the South East, mainly across Hampshire and Surrey. They also have around 850 staff including 300 in a repairs team and construction arm, VIVID Build.

Following a public contracts tender, Wood and Wood were awarded the contract to manufacture and install external office signage for the 6 sites that were re-branding to the new VIVID name.

The Challenge

The design brief of the first office in Portsmouth specified high level signage.  This required specialist 50m truck mounted boom access equipment and full traffic management to close part of the M275.  All permits had to be sought in advance from the local Council, as some signage was also changing from non-illuminated to illuminated – this put pressure on the installation deadline which was met by adapting the manufacturing schedule and ensuring all teams were focused to prevent slippage of the project plan.

The Solution

The Portsmouth signage was manufactured using a Flexface construction along with illuminated lettering.  Logo trays and twin leg post signs along with Foamex panels with applied vinyl, comprised the rest of the low level signage.  Wood and Wood’s Project and Installation Management teams liaised with our Traffic Management company, to enable the high level work to be carried out safely and efficiently.  Installation proceeded with minimum disruption to the client and to road users and pedestrians.

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