Project Type

Web Design, Umbraco Development

Project Background

Dawnus Construction is one of the UK’s leading construction companies operating from offices across the UK and Africa.

We were approached by Dawnus to redevelop their global website and integrate it into the Umbraco content management system. Being involved in many high profile projects, great importance was placed on making them the main focus of the website.

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Our Approach

Having worked on many large projects in the UK and Africa, Dawnus were keen for a website that was more portfolio and project driven. Being one of the largest construction companies in the UK, the website would be used to reinforce their capabilities rather than being used to recruit new business.

We provided different avenues for users to view projects, either via the showcase projects in the main banner, the featured projects carousel or individual sectors. Good quality imagery is crucial when producing a projects-focused website and Dawnus were able to access a library of quality images and architects drawings.

Building a Consistent Look

Having a consistent look across all forms of branding is important and a website is no exception. We were conscious during all phases of the project to ensure that Dawnus' branding was well integrated throughout the website.

The blue — a sign of trust — from the logo was used for larger sections throughout the website such as on banners and sections with the red — a sign of passion — being used as an accent in headings and for buttons.

The curve device in the logo was used as inspiration for banners and section backgrounds. Through layering and amending opacity, the curves add an element of dynamism.

Expertly Designed to be Flexible

Through the use of the Umbraco content management system, the team at Dawnus have complete control over all sections of the website allowing it to evolve and remain fresh.

As with all Umbraco websites we develop, the architecture is carefully planned and implemented to ensure it’s as intuitive as possible and to reduce the risk of any errors occurring whilst still retaining the flexibility to modify the structure when new features are requested.

Based on Dawnus' requirements, page elements such as calls-to-action can be adjusted depending on the page they reside on allowing them to be more relevant to the content on the page.

Project-Focused

Dawnus has completed a huge range of projects across many sectors including bridges and structures, flood alleviation, education and highways. The projects feature high profile clients and for values in excess of tens of millions of pounds.

Dawnus were keen to show off as many projects as possible to demonstrate their skills and diversity so the website allows projects to be easily added and categorised and are accessible from almost every page.

Individual project pages clearly display key project information such as Project Value, Client and Location, along with bold imagery, associated awards and downloadable datasheets.

We found the Ozum team to be professional, friendly and efficient. We are extremely happy with the website. The CMS is the easiest we have ever used by far!

Claire John, Development Manager
Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd

Conclusion

We delivered a fully-featured CMS that allowed Dawnus Construction to quickly and easily add a large number of projects with minimal training required.

Dawnus has continued to fully utilise the website and it's regularly updated with projects and news to keep the site fresh. Minimal support calls from Dawnus goes to highlight just how easy the Umbraco CMS is to use.

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