NHS England

Originally the North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA), the Regional Head Office of NHS England and NHS Improvement is part of the award-winning Newburn Riverside Business Park in Newcastle.

Working with:
Client: NHS Property Services
Architect: FaulknerBrowns
Contractor: Integrated Health Projects


The project timeline:
April 2009:
Appointed to by FaulknerBrowns to develop signage
October 2009:
Signage manufacture and installation

A supergraphic forms part of a workplace business signs and environmental graphics scheme for the NHS
Workplace wayfinding within a multi-storey office
Wall-mounted door signage as part of an office wayfinding scheme
Colourful manifestations as part of an workplace wayfinding scheme

To create a striking focal point in the café, we applied a 3D-layered version of the people graphic developed for the project.

A 3D supergraphic brings personality to an office dining area
Door signage as part of a workplace signage scheme

What Sarah said:

“This project exemplified the character and personality that signage can bring to a building, adding vibrant and colourful graphics to reflect NHS brand values – in this case, diversity.”

Sarah Phillips | PICTO

NHS England

Designed by architects FaulknerBrowns, who led the design of the interior space for the SHA, the NHS England and NHS Improvement Head Office is part of an award-winning brown field site in Newcastle.

Artwork as a continuing visual feature

Using original artwork commissioned by NHS Property Services to denote diversity, Picto developed a graphic for application to the building’s walls and glazed partitions, and a manifestation for the office windows.

The specific feature graphics work as an integral part of the project’s interior design, defining the spaces within the three-storey building and denoting the office’s quiet workspaces and informal and formal meeting spaces.

Following DDA guidelines, a simple square format for the door signs displays both tactile and Braille graphics.