Work in Progress: St Columba’s Hospice — part 2

We are back to report on the completion of the new Education Centre at St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh.

To re-cap, St Columba’s is undergoing a £26m phased redevelopment led by architects Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall (JDDK).  17 Boswall Road is a listed building dating back to 1815, which has been fully refurbished and extended to provide office and learning facilities.  Our brief was to develop a sensitive sign scheme which was clear, understated and non-institutional, initially working off floor plans to establish an over all strategy and suitable budget.  Our first blog focused on the challenges of providing wayfinding in a complex and historic space (work in progress, posted October 2011).

The package of signs for the Education Centre includes entrance identification, wayfinding, glass manifestation and donor boards using glass, painted aluminium and stainless steel components to compliment the materials used in the interior fit-out.  Graphics are predominantly white reversed out of a warm grey background for good contrast and meet with DDA guidelines for type sizes and layout.  The chosen typeface is Myriad to meet with St Columba’s brand guidelines.

The senstive use of terminology will be especially important throughout the finished site.  For the Education Centre, the client has chosen to describe specific areas using names of islands in the Firth of Forth — Inchcolm, Inchkeith and Fidra.

Images below — left: Vinyl graphics and manifestations to glazed entrance (revealing stunning views of the Firth of Forth in the background) right: Three dimensional letters define the entrance to the lecture theatre Fidra. All photography by kind permission of Sally Ann Norman.

Picto were able to guide us through the pitfalls of signing a listed building.

Alison Allan, Project Lead

Phase 2 of the rebuild is now on site.  This has started with the demolition of existing buildings to make way for new state of the art palliative care facilities.

  • David Mearns

    Reply October 29th, 2012 9:24 am

    You are privileged to work on some amazing projects, this type of work is the best around. Long may it continue for you.

  • Sarah

    Reply October 29th, 2012 10:49 am

    Thanks David, Its nice to know that what we are doing is appreciated !

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