Trades Union Congress – image of people walking in the streets

Rearchitecture of a content-rich website

Trades Union Congress

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) required a full redevelopment of the main website as part of a re-branding exercise to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2018.

The brief

The TUC asked us to work alongside its web team and design partners to implement a new site architecture and visual identity into the existing Drupal Content Management System (CMS). The project had a strict deadline to ensure that the new website was launched in time for the 149th Annual Congress in September 2017.

About the TUC

The TUC is there to make the working world a better place for everyone. It brings together more than 5.5 million working people who make up the 48 member unions.

OWA has worked with the TUC since the early 2000s on numerous different technical projects. Our close relationship with the TUC has allowed us to help grow and evolve its online presence through the development of various web-enabled applications and mobile apps, alongside our ongoing hosting and support services.

Trades Union Congress – Website home screen built by OWA in Drupal
Trades Union Congress post thumbnail built by OWA in Drupal
Trades Union Congress logo used on website built by OWA in Drupal

Our approach

OWA worked alongside the TUC and its external design partners from the outset to gain a clear understanding of how the proposed designs would change the website on both its front- and back-end. 

These insights allowed us to quickly identify how best to implement the new designs as templates within the existing Drupal platform. 

Alongside this, we also looked at the most suitable and efficient way to re-architect the website. We proposed a carefully planned approach to automatically update content and re-assign it to its new location within the website. Where necessary, we also updated custom modules to ensure these worked properly with the new templates.

Following iteration and approval in the staging environment, we coordinated the go live process with the TUC to ensure the updated website and CMS were thoroughly tested and delivered in the right timeframe.

Trades Union Congress website related content block built in Drupal by OWA
Trades Union Congress – image of two people talking to each other at work
Trades Union Congress content thumbnail built in Drupal by OWA

How we helped

Collaboration and flexibility were two important elements of this project.


We made sure our working practices and project management were optimised to support both the TUC's and its external partners' workflow. 


Our technical approach centred on rapid evaluation of the Drupal architecture to recommend the necessary underlying changes, followed by sprints to create and refine the new templates.  

OWA have worked with the TUC for over 18 years… Their friendly and creative approach to complex technical issues and their ability to find solutions that are workable and affordable is a great help to our organisation.
Jay Sreedharan, web editor, TUC
Client happy with Drupal development service provided by OWA

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