Cambridge City Council has implemented a wayfinding system for the city’s Guildhall together with the building’s first external identity, both created by local group Wayfinding Consultants.
The project involved the wholesale reorganisation of routes within the building and corresponding signage.
The 1939, dark ashlar stone construction has long had a reputation as a foreboding location and was ‘notoriously bad for people getting lost,’ according to Wayfinding consultants design director Nick Hawksworth.
As the undertaking is part of the council’s Access and Disability equality programme it features additions to the building’s exterior. Panels directing visitors to the appropriate entrance of the hall have been specifically tailored to the blind and partially-sighted, says Hawksworth. The work also takes into consideration the needs of those in wheelchairs and with prams, he adds.
Wayfinding Consultants was appointed to the project after it approached the council directly.