The early years of the 1950s saw British industry begin to stir from post-war era’s austerity. Just after London’s Festival of Britain in 1951, Maurice Ward consolidated Ward & Company. He identified a need for a modern alternative to painted wooden signs. He felt the future lay in the manufacture of 3D signage.
Maurice Ward felt the future lay in the manufacture of 3D signage.
Sheet metal remained hard to source. However, Ward found the means to make fabricated sign lettering in numerous modern typestyles. All were finished in various paint colours.
A few years later, plastic became ubiquitous throughout the sign sector. Ward & Company manufactured engraved nameplates and perspex sign letters and sign box cases. These were additionally equipped with internal lights. The introduction of extruded aluminium was another Ward Signs innovation. It enabled the company to lead the way in the development of extruded sign box cases.
Warehouse in the 1960’s from the crows nest
At this point in Ward & Company’s story, they began to produce polyester resin moulded letters. These were hugely successful and could be seen on building fascias in many locations.
Over the years, Ward & Company became enormously successful. They were known as sign production leaders in Bristol and the West Country. Ward Signs paved the way in numerous instances, developing new technology. Innovations included cast resin lettering, snap-fix fastenings, fibreglass, and aluminium trays.
Traditional methods also continued to create heraldry, sand-cast and aluminium and bronze plaques and letters and corporate logos. They are still prevalent in Bristol where Ward & Company has provided signage for the architectural sector for over sixty years.
In the last half-century, Ward Signs has established working relationships with many prestigious clients. These include the BBC, Bristol City Council, Crest Nicholson, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Other clients included the NHS, Royal Mail, Skanska, University of Bristol, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ward Signs continue to be at the vanguard of the design, production, and installation of modern Bristolian signage. The company is ideally positioned to fulfil future demands in the sign-making sector.