NOMA – Manchester. The new square development completes with a luxurious set of Way2Go signs brought to the scheme by IS Group.
It’s been great to work with the isGroup on this scheme and I will definitely be recommending the Company for future work of this nature.” – Kevin Griffin, Quantity Surveyor
The new square is part of the enormous £800m NOMA mixed-use development, designed to regenerate key areas of Manchester. isGroup had the opportunity to assist The Casey Group Ltd with new public realm navigation, by producing Way2Go illuminated totem signs situated in and around the new square. The signs link to nearby main streets and key areas of interest, such as Manchester Arndale, Piccadilly station and the Northern Quarter.
The new square space is architecturally designed using granite and cast bronze street furniture. isGroup ensured the same characteristics were applied to the signage, by using a set of custom made Way2Go signs.
To provide the same aesthetic look in-keeping with the surrounding area, our technical team suggested the application of a bronze metallic paint to the external structure of the signage.
isGroup produced 5no Way2Go totem signs in total, all of which were customised with soft white illumination. The top panel consisted of individual glass planks that presented information and identify nearby places of interest. The lower panels presented a specialist sourced West Moreland stone at the base carved with the logo design of NOMA, that elegantly sits below a decorative filigree pattern of painted aluminium, with an LED light sheet to the rear to provide soft illumination.
Kevin Redhead, Principal Landscape Architect:
“We approached isGroup with a concept design, an idea of materials and a very short window to deliver five bespoke signage totems for NOMA in Manchester. The process from our first creative design workshop through to manufacture and installation was untypical fluid and I found the team, most notably Paul, Chris and Robin to be very productive and dedicated to the task. The wayfinding products we now have on site are incredibly eye-catching and work perfectly with the NOMA brand and suite of outdoor furniture.”
The main benefit of the Way2Go signs is that they are interchangeable and therefore each custom made panel can be updated in the future, be it information, mapping or digital screens.
The NOMA scheme continues across Manchester, including improvements to public realm, new offices, new residential spaces, retail developments and hotels.