27th May 2011 saw the opening of Costa Coffee's first UK Drive Thru coffee shop at Nottingham's Castle Marina Retail Park. This was followed by the opening of Swindon Drive Thru on 24th June.
Work is ongoing on the signage production of five more sites with installation planned over the next 12 months.
This project saw the use of all our in house production teams, from concept and design to digital printing, metal fabrication, CNC routering, powder coating, workshop assembly and installation.
Throughout the two year development process we worked closely with the Architects and Project Management team, producing many drawings and samples, culminating in a high quality bespoke signage package.
An interesting element of the package is the unique double-sided rotating menu display system, developed to provide a strong design impact and to compliment the Costa Drive-Thru brand.
During the summer of 2010 we were invited to attend a meeting at Everton FC Design department to help configure proposed timeline signage. The timeline was to be a continuous band of panelling, over 1 metre deep, fixed at fascia height to the perimeter of the stadium. The graphics would illustrate the history of the club from 1870 to the present day.
The first challenge on this unique project was to position the graphics correctly in relation to the fabric of the building. We had to consider the positions of turnstiles, recesses, protrusions and other anomolies of this venerable stadium. So, a detailed survey was carried out, lasting two days, to ensure every dimension and angle was logged. Artwork could then be adjusted to fit exactly into the areas available.
The second challenge was to meet the clients deadline of installation before the first home game of the season... just two weeks away!
Almost half a kilometre of 3mm thick composite material was cut to size with high quality black & white printed vinyl imagery applied.
The existing signage was removed a road at a time and the two day survey paid dividends with the new panels installing trouble free and in their intended positions.
Operating a shift pattern of production and installation, once again Benson Signs delivered on time, installing the opening ceremony curtain just one hour before the first home game with proud Everton FC Chairman Bill Kenwright and Manager David Moyes in attendance.