A robust, flexible urban wayfinding sign solution at Harbour Exchange, Canary Wharf.

Harbour Exchange is a collection of nine beautiful office buildings near London’s Canary Wharf on an estate that features stunning, piazza-style spaces, water features and outstanding views across the City’s landscape.

Following a recommendation by the estate’s architect, Pringle Brandon, Signbox was commissioned by MGPA to create a stylish scheme to announce the estate, to indicate the location of its buildings and to improve vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding, sensitively and stylishly.

The project featured large fabricated, illuminated monoliths on the estate’s perimeter, curved monoliths to denote building numbers and to direct vehicles and glass fronted, illuminated Chameleon monoliths with inset key plans to direct pedestrians.

Commenting on the project, Signbox’s Mark Bartlett said “Whilst the signage was predominantly engineered fabrications, we utilised the new Chameleon monolith system to provide a robust and flexible urban sign solution, designed to be both cost efficient and durable.”

A high impact set of low-level illuminated letters was positioned adjacent to the South Quay DLR station to welcome and direct visitors on foot to this striking environment. The letters were contour cut from polycarbonate, edged in 2mm thick descaled stainless steel and fabricated with a sleeved back tray for optimal strength and rigidity. LED illumination was set on an adjustable lighting raft to ensure the lighting remained even, with no glare or additional light spill; a challenging manufacturing and installation process that only a bespoke, meticulously planned and tested solution would meet.

The client and architect were delighted with our solution, which was delivered on time and to the satisfaction of both tenants and visitors to the Harbour Exchange estate.