An eMultifunction printer from HP is being used by award-winning London-based Witherford Watson Mann Architects for all of their large format printing needs.

Previously, the architecture firm was outsourcing the printing and scanning of any image over A3 size to external suppliers, which was not only costly but also put pressure on deadlines. Seeking an in-house solution that could handle large format printing without compromising on quality, the practice installed an HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer with web connectivity, enabling them to efficiently and accurately scan, print and share using one device.

Following the installation of the printer, the company can now produce A0 prints, scans and copies in-house, saving precious time and helping to reduce costs. The superior print quality ensures that the architect’s vision in each artwork is accurately reproduced. Features such as the one touch-screen interface, two-roll front loading and output stacking tray make scanning, printing and copying easier and more efficient. Additionally, the compact, 36-inch-wide integrated printer has a space-saving footprint.

Established in 2001, Witherford Watson Mann Architects is an award-winning practice that combines the significant experience of its three directors in cultural buildings, public spaces and urban design.

The firm was awarded the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize in 2013 for its work on Astley Castle, an ancient castle near Nuneaton in Warwickshire. This project saw the practice transform the crumbling ruins of a former royal residence into a remarkable holiday home for the Landmark Trust.

The architects used a combination of physical modelling, photography, hand drawings and watercolours to test and communicate the project, but needed a way to bring this material into the computer to edit and share.

Associate director Arthur Smart explains that drawing and modelling by hand at large scales are central to how they work, test, explore, record and present. It was important to be able to get the qualities of these handmade design components quickly and accurately into the computer. However, since they couldn’t scan or print any larger than A3, in the case of a project like Astley Castle, they had to stitch together scans of larger drawings together or outsource it to local print shops.

High quality, large format appeal

As a long time user of HP products including HP Z220 Workstations, servers and even an HP DesignJet 800PS printer, Witherford Watson Mann Architects turned to HP to find a solution that would help them create pin-sharp prints up to A0 format, as well as scan to the same size. The HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer was recommended as the answer to these requirements.

According to Smart, the printer helps them bridge the gap between traditional processes and current technologies, allowing the practice to take drawings up to A0 size, scan it in for further editing and reprint without losing any detail.

Quiet and compact

In addition to providing the freedom to print and scan in large formats, the printer delivers several advantages including a small form factor, which is very useful for offices with space constraints. Smart comments that the compact 36-inch-wide design of the HP DesignJet T2500 really helps in the studio, which is full of books, drawings, models and workstations. The printer is also very quiet and offers economical operation.

Loaded with user-friendly features

Some of the more popular features of the HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer include intuitive control with the touchscreen enabling users to view status and track jobs as well as monitor media rolls; ability to effortlessly load media rolls with front loading and automatic alignment; simple switching between loaded paper types; and integrated output stacking tray enabling flat, collated prints neatly and quietly.

With the HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer in place, the London practice is well positioned to produce more award-winning projects faster and cost-effectively.