The Village, Bluewater
Brief: Wayfinding & Sign Design
Bluewater shopping centre in Greenhithe, is one of the largest and most successful shopping centres in the UK. It consists of three connected main malls, arranged in a triangular shape – each with its own unique design feel. The Village spurs off from the Guildhall Mall and offers a mix of independent and artisanal retailers, leading into an atrium of casual dining brands. The Velvet Principle was tasked with designing a new distinctive mall wayfinding scheme for The Village, to encourage shoppers to explore beyond the main concourse.
This requirement for a new mall wayfinding scheme coincided with a wider refurbishment programme to lighten the environment. As part of this brief The Velvet Principle also refreshed the retailer brand signage with a contemporary new design.
The form and materials used in the signs, co-ordinate with the finishes within the refurbishment. With an overall design that aligns with the sophisticated nature of the dining brands. High-level copper-coloured signs applied to bulkheads, ensure visibility from a distance. A freestanding totem within the main mall alerts guests to the entrance. Projecting retailer blade signs are clearly visible in views through the mall, providing greater prominence to the independent retailers, inviting shoppers to enter and explore.