Smales Farm Management - 2-4 Fred Thomas Drive

Smales Farm Management has been a client for several years. A family-owned property investment company, Smales is the largest provider of premium commercial premises on Auckland’s North Shore.

When Smales acquired two buildings on 2-4 Fred Thomas Drive in Takapuna, they approached Global Signage about their signage needs.

Smales FarmAttracting the right tenants

Smales cater to high-quality tenants — blue-chip businesses that are willing (and able) to commit to long-term leases.

At the time of purchase, it was clear the buildings weren’t up to standard. So, Smales spent several millions of dollars in refurbishing them.

Smales was clear about how the finished buildings would look — architectural plans were already drawn. So, the challenge was to create signage that would be part of the architecture, not just conspicuous add-ons.

Pylon signs

During the project, we supplied a variety of signage — white-lacquered MDF panels with company logos and directory signs are two examples. A major part of the project, though, was pylon signage.

The original pylon signs were old fashioned and in poor condition. They didn’t reflect the fresh new look Smales wanted.

We brainstormed ideas and asked Smales to show us examples of what they liked. Once we got a feel for what they wanted, we came up with a design that met their brief.

The resulting five-meter-high pylons, of welded steel construction with ACM cladding, were a seamless fit with the newly-refurbished buildings.

Fred Thomas exterior signageWindow blend for Fred Thomas Health

Fred Thomas Health (FTH) occupies 2 Fred Thomas Drive and Global Signage Concepts was recommended to them by our previous client, Smales Farm Management, for their signage requirements.

To provide privacy, FTH wanted a frosted strip applied to their windows.

It would have been easy to just apply a clear frosted vinyl. However, this would have been at odds with the building’s new design. It would have also been incongruous with FTH’s branding.

So, we produced a digitally-printed green vinyl, which matched their brand’s colours, adhered to translucent vinyl. This combination was then applied to the windows using a 3M adhesive.

The result was a modern frosted look perfectly in line with FTH’s logo and colours.

Fred Thomas Health exteriorGood project management for a trouble-free job

There are lots of processes involved with signage manufacturing including design, fabrication, painting and electrical work. 

Project management is integral to the signage manufacturing process. Global Signage understands that there are many different stages to consider when completing a job. More than often it involves working alongside other trades to complete a successful signage installation. The FTH and Smales installation jobs were no different.

Working as a team

The ability to work effectively alongside others is essential. During the project, we were effectively working on a building site. So, in addition to project managing our signs, we worked with the architect, two clients (Smales & FTH), the construction company and a myriad of trades.

Pleasing results

Results are difficult to quantify — our signage was part of many improvements to the buildings and their surroundings. However, Smales now field inquiries from the right kind of businesses. And both buildings now accommodate several high-class tenants, which include Rebain International, The Warehouse Group and AON Insurance.


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