St Helens firm take signage to another level at Liverpool's Kings Dock car park following fire

St Helens-based Widd Signs has completed a five-figure project to install internal and external signage at the soon to open Kings Dock multi-storey car park in Liverpool, which replaces the one destroyed in a fire on New Year’s Eve 2017.

Sunday, 29th November 2020, 11:07 am
Updated Sunday, 29th November 2020, 11:10 am
Widd Signs' striking signage at the newly built Kings Dock multi-storey car park in Liverpool. Picture: Jonathan Taylor @ Cloud 9 photography

Over a four-month project, which began in June, Widd Signs has designed, manufactured and installed a suite of internal wayfinding signage on each of the car park’s eight floors. It has also created the striking external signage which now runs across the outside of the building.

The company was commissioned by construction company Willmott Dixon, which is building the £30m car park in front of the Exhibition Centre on behalf of Liverpool City Council. Widd Signs worked closely with architects Leach Rhodes Walker, who designed the new car park.

The eight-floor, 1450 space facility, which is due to open this winter, has been fitted with CCTV, electric vehicle charging points, 50 cycle spaces, and a sprinkler system.

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Commenting on the project, Phil Bamford, Head of Operations at Widd Signs, said: “As a local company, we’re delighted to have been able to play a part in the latest phase of the regeneration of Kings Dock.

“The new facility provides the waterfront with a car park fit for the future, and we’re proud to have our signage feature in a building that will be seen and used by so many.”

Andy Beale, Construction Manager at Willmott Dixon said: “Widd Signs worked with us through all stages of the process, from developing the design to installation. We are very happy with the end product.”

Ben Parllaku, project leader at Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Widd Signs’ team of experts on this waterfront project. The car park is looking great and so is the signage, which is bold, clean and eye-catching.”

Earlier this year, Widd Signs created and installed new interior wayfinding signage at the nearby Mount Pleasant car park on behalf of Liverpool City Council.

Established in 1888, Widd Signs provides signage consultancy, design, and production to a range of high-profile businesses operating in the retail, construction and sports and leisure sectors. Its clients include retail giants Marks & Spencer, Primark and Schuh, and culture and leisure hubs such as the National Science and Media Museum and Burnley F.C.

Widd Signs completed the acquisition of Spectrum Sign & Display and its new 20,000 sq ft site in St Helens at the start of 2020 as part of the company’s exciting expansion plans, adding additional expertise and boosting its in-house manufacturing capacity and capabilities.

In May, the company launched a range of bespoke hygiene solutions to help retailers to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, including antimicrobial acrylic protection screens, floor and wall graphics and hand-sanitising stations.