Client London Paddington
With the opening of the main station in 1854, Paddington Station became the grand terminus for the Great Western Railway that Isambard Kingdom Brunel had always intended. Today, London Paddington boasts 14 platforms and sees over 30 million passengers passing through the station every year.
After four months of tendering and a series of overnight trial installations, Wood and Wood was awarded a major contract to manufacture and install hundreds of bespoke wayfinding signs to improve passenger flow at London’s Paddington Station.
The demands of the railway environment are relentless. The sheer number of passengers dictates that any signage solution needs to be highly effective, manufactured to withstand high levels of traffic and installed at appropriate times so to minimise any impact on the passenger journey.
Our Exeter facility fabricated 275 signs, including 25 suspended signs measuring between 1 and 7 metres in length and weighing up to 250 kg. We also renovated a further 85 signs, in situ, and manufactured and installed signage for the Underground and new taxi deck.
Wood and Wood worked closely with Carillion, the main civil and building contractors responsible for the Paddington refurbishment project. We were required to work alongside other trades, within public areas, installing large pieces of signage overnight, generally between 1.15am and 4.45am to avoid disruption.
The project involved an enormous amount of forward planning and consultation. This ensured that when building works finished in a specific area, we had the right signage and specialist fitting and lifting equipment for that particular night.
Wood and Wood’s attention to detail ensured the project ran smoothly and that all deadlines were met – providing a modern, clear, aesthetically pleasing signage system designed to improve the experience of passengers at one of the Capital’s busiest railway stations.
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