Wayfinding and Signage in an Award Winning Project

August 18th, 2015

Congratulations to McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects on receiving another award for a school in School Bundle 3 in the RIAI Awards 2015.  In the Best Universal Design Award they were commended for Coláiste Pobail átha Luain, we are proud to have been associated with this project.

A Case Study  – Schools Bundle 3

Let’s start with a Compliment!

On completion of any project comments from the client and design team are always welcome and so we are delighted that the standard of our work and the effort we put into Schools Bundle 3 has merited praise indeed from one of the architects:

‘Just a quick note to say that the sign and crest on the main entrance in Athlone is a credit to your organisation and many thanks for following this through with your diligence and judgement.

We received a commendation for the school in Letterkenny in the ‘Universal Design’ category from the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland (RIAI) this week. No doubt, the signage and Wayfinding contributed in part to the school receiving this commendation.’

David Stronge    McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

The Proccess:

Initially, we worked from architect’s drawings and brief, then followed up with a survey of each school  which resulted in a signage schedule unique to each project.  The signage was approved by NDFA  and the client. Working visuals were produced prior to fabrication for project team sign off. Despite the tight deadlines and the major challenge of severe weather conditions during the installation period Winter 2013/2014,  when Ireland saw one of the worst winters on record for wind, rain, sleet and snow, all  the deadlines were met.

Some statistics:

2,230 Doorplates and Tactile Plates

81 Internal Directories and Directional Wall Panels

210 Road Traffic, Fire Assembly and Car Park Signs

13 External Sets of Directional Post Panels

8 External Built Up Building Identity Signs

6 Site School Entrance Identification Signs

The new schools are located in:

·         Donegal (Letterkenny)            McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

·         Galway (Doughiska)               McCullough Mulvin Architects

·         Leitrim (Ballinamore)              McCullough Mulvin Architects

·         Limerick (Doon)                       C.J.Falconer & Associates

·         Waterford (Tramore)               C.J. Falconer & Associates

·         Westmeath (Athlone)              McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

·         Wexford (Gorey)                       C.J. Falconer & Associates

We pride ourselves on the quality of our service and our product range, as providers of some of the best award winning signage products on the world stage. Yes, we have had to include more economic products as the market dictates, but in sourcing these products we have set a standard that is acceptable without compromising quality.


Doorplates and Tactile Plates


Internal Directories and Directional Wall Panels



Road Traffic, Fire Assembly and Car Park Signs


External Sets of Directional Post Panels


External Built Up Building Identity Signs



Site School Entrance Identification Signs


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July 2014 – Featured Project

March 2014 News Item

November 2013 News Item

 The Wayfinder Systems Team