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John Sisk - Canada Gardens

Canada Gardens is a Build to Rent development, offering 303 homes over seven buildings in the Wembley Park area. Set amongst
an acre of podium gardens with London and Wembley Stadium views, the development fused modern and traditional materials to maximise the sense of light and space.

DMA Signs successfully tendered for the signage works in 2019 and completed the final phase in late 2020.  John Sisk awarded DMA Signs the project based on our competitive prices, extensive experience in this sector, and our ability to manage projects of this size and scope. They were particularly impressed with our project management systems and methodology to ensure the project would be delivered on time. 

Upon tender award, DMA Signs met with the John Sisk project team to discuss the programme as the project would be handed over in 10 phases. Their priority was to ensure we installed signage just before each building was handed over. We needed to ensure the signs were installed snag-free and within the limited window available. By installing the signage ‘just in time,’ there was less chance of any other contractors marking or damaging the signage pre hand over. 

To ensure tender compliance, we issued samples of each sign type for client sign off. Ensuring all parties understood how the signs would look and function. Artwork for every sign was issued and, once approved, put into production. 

The diverse range of materials and sign locations required some early-stage planning to ensure we had adequate means to install the signage. This included wiring and fixing though mullions and transoms, light sheet panels mounted behind entrance cladding, and ground cages set in advance so the main contractor could finish their groundworks before we returned to erect the totems.

In advance of each installation, we needed to ensure our operatives were briefed on the requirements, and any pre installation inductions or paperwork was issued and signed off. Ensuring the time on site was kept to a minimum, given we would be working around other contractors on a busy site. Upon completion, each sign within its phase was photographed, a document made available to the contractor, and the necessary O&M manual.

The signage has been well received as the careful use of materials and finishes ensures the signage harmonizes with its surroundings while giving the necessary navigational information to users. 

As many of the properties will be rented, the signage needed to be hard-wearing and safe. The internal signage was produced from 10mm grained ash with laser-carved detail and finished with a durable acid cat paint. The external totems included 10mm low iron toughened glass panels with polished and bevelled edges, secured with countersunk pig nose fixings to all sides. Edges were protected as they were the most likely point of failure. This detailed level ensures the signs will be aesthetically pleasing while lasting for many years to come.