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Wind Turbine Branding for Octopus Energy


“We’re a company that likes doing things that have never been done before. For that you need partners you can trust to go above and beyond, and Citiprint are exactly that. They push the boundaries of what can be done with signage, so they were the first people I spoke to when we needed to get a team suspended from a wind turbine 50 meters above the ground.”

Peter Miller, co-founder at Octopus Energy


Few phonecalls in history, infact no phonecall ever has begun with the words ‘can you brand a wind turbine?’ – but when you’re Octopus Energy‘s go to for pulling off groundbreaking ideas, we pause our office Spotify playlist and tune in to the unusual enquiry instead. After fairly quickly realising this wasn’t a prank or some scale model turbine in question, it became apparent we had less than one week to get this project underway and completed.

We’re no stranger to unusual and impressive projects but this has never been done in the UK before. Some turbine manufacturers brand the Nacelle (part at the top containing the motor) at the point of manufacture but never has a firm taken on the daunting task of branding an already erected turbine.

As part of their aptly named Fan Club initiative to provide discounted energy to communities in Market Weighton and Caerphilly, Octopus has recently acquired two 500kw wind turbines, capable of powering 800 homes each year. But, if you live in these areas, walk your dog locally or just drive past, you’d never know who owned these fans, until now…

With the green light given just 72 hours before from the deadline, our focus was instantly turned to the logistics involved in the project, which meant working closely with not just Octopus, but also our own installers, third party specialist installers and preferred materials supplier Metamark. Their huge range of M7 sign vinyl meant we could send a digital swatch to Octopus who instantly found the right colour match. From the point of ordering the required material, we had a very tight turnaround to produce the vinyl and get it to site in Hull. This was light work with our 1600mm Summa S160D plotter, making production a breeze (see what we did there). In no time we had 80m of cut and printed vinyl produced and labelled up for installation.

As a SafeContractor Accredited Business, and with a large percentage of our work being for high profile clients, we have a huge interest in site health & safety and proper planning for all jobs. The nature of our 24/7 service means things like a Risk Assessment being typed up on the M62 at 10pm on a Sunday night isn’t too alien to us. It was completed and signed off in time for our 6am team meeting on site, aided by the beautiful invention of Costa coffee.

Fitting begins of the 3x3m Octopus vinyl printed on Metamark MD5

The first task was branding the base of the turbine using a portable scaffold tower and our PASMA trained installers; staring a 3m wide Octopus in the face at 7 in the morning was certainly new to us all but we soon had a strict schedule to work on to ensure the next stage of the branding could be carried out. Shame we didn’t have eight tentacles to hold the giant vinyl in place!

Anyone could look at this job and suggest a cherry picker, after all there are plenty of huge machines available in the UK to hire – but it’s never that simple. Due to the location and terrain, it was apparent we’d also need Trakway to support the vehicle and we’d be extremely limited with windspeed limits, the turbine itself swaying slightly causing possible damage and the fact that it doesn’t really look that impressive now does it.

So, if we can’t send a team up in the sky, let’s find a team who will come down from the sky – in comes Media Abseiling, our go to partners and long term Instagram lovers. Their specialism in working from any height is not only ridiculously scary quite frankly but at the same time exactly what we needed – with an experienced team of IRATA abseilers ready to take on the mammoth task.

Team of three abseilers ascending to begin branding the top of the turbine in Hull.

It would only be worth us taking this project on if we could be certain to meet our client’s brand guidelines and expectations which was where working with Metamark, a UK manufacturer of sign materials came into play. In fleeting conversation with our sales rep Paul, we mentioned the nature of the project, not realising the turbine isn’t in a factory on ground level but quite the opposite. This particular turbine, manufactured by EWT, stands 50m off the ground with the blades stretching to a further 25m. Needless to say, the setting for this install was beautiful on all fronts, set in Market Weighton near York. Although, the less said about the lack of warmth and phone signal the better!

Being confident that the material chosen would be the best choice for longevity, ease of install and environmental properties, we sent three fitters up to begin the branding process, led by lead abseiler Kyle. Using anchor points on the roof of the turbine, Kyle and his brave team descended, cleaning the turbine before laying the vinyl on, hoisted up in bags from ground level. It’s beyond us how a man who has hung from a rope for five hours can touch the ground, hands freezing to the touch and legs failing to hold themselves and hear ‘that material was so easy to work with’ before any attempt to regain a sense of normality. The skills these boys have is enviable.

Despite strong winds to contend with and the orientation of the logo proving tricky at times to read from up close, the huge team effort between 15 of us on site made for an enjoyable installation for all with the results speaking incredible volumes. Each side is branded with a 2 x 15m logo – more than visible for some way.

Our mentality as a business has always been to ensure we have everything we can ever need for every possible eventuality – and it proved to come into its own on this project, as it has many others since we started in 2016. Having the right kit, vehicles, team and contacts allowed this job to go without a hitch with the satisfaction and feedback from all involved totally empowering.The impact from this job is certainly unlike anything we’ve ever achieved before and we’re already scratching our heads to see how we can top it. This is the first of its kind in the UK and possibly worldwide, but it won’t be the last for as long as we’re printing and the wind is blowing. As Octopus continues to acquire fans, we will continue to step up to the challenge and meet their signage project requirements.

Photography Credit: Octopus Energy


Job Completed on 23rd March 2021 in Market Weighton, Yorkshire.
Using Metamark MD5 Printable Digital Vinyl & M7 Sign Vinyl

https://www.metamark.co.uk/blog/wind_turbine_m7-series.html

For all PR enquiries and for further images, please email jacob@citiprint.co.uk

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Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation

LAST UPDATED: 3rd November 2020

Following the Government’s announcement for a second Lockdown until 2nd December, we will remain open as usual with only minor changes to our service.

  • Our phone lines will remain open 24/7. If your job is urgent, you can also use Live Chat for an instant quote.
  • Deliveries will continue as usual, now contactless and requiring no signature on staff devices. For bulk orders, we will deliver on a pallet now. Please inform us in advance if this poses an issue.
  • Standard products and services remain unaffected with the addition of floor graphics and COVID specific signage now available.

We will next update this on 2nd November.


UPDATE: 26th March 2020

Please note, we are now only open for orders specifically relating to COVID-19, prioritising our production capability for our NHS, Health and Social Care Clients (existing and new) as well as key retailers. If your enquiry is non-urgent, please email info@citiprint.co.uk and we will respond as soon as we can.

With immediate family members working directly in the NHS and care homes, our focus is on protecting them and by limiting our operations, we are safely being able to do that, whilst doing what we can to support the UK’s efforts in tackling COVID-19.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE:

In over five years of business, we’ve not once been closed, even during relocating premises, broadband outages and staff illness, we have soldiered on.

Whilst the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK is dominating the headlines, we want to assure you of both the preventative and reactive measures we are taking at Citiprint to protect you, your business and your expectations.

We currently have no plans for remote working; we are proud to produce all of our jobs in house and will continue to do so to meet demand. We are keeping up to date with the UK Government’s potential plans for quarantine or further travel bans and will adapt our business suitably in light of any changes.

At current, we are still delivering daily across the UK with London deliveries completely unaffected as we continue to deliver to key event and exhibition venues where jobs have been requested.

We may introduce revised limits on existing credit accounts and may not allow new credit accounts to be opened during this time to protect not only our business and workflow but also to ensure service levels can continue to be exceeded.

Stock and Suppliers

We have always stocked suitable levels of media, inks and substrates and are confident through working with our suppliers that there will be little to no disruption to our supply chain.

Before UV printing onto substrates, we use anti-static spray ensure a high quality print result. We have now taken steps to wipe all substrates with surface cleaner before printing to minimise any risk to you and our staff.

The Team

Whilst we have been fulfilling an increasing amount of work across Europe in the last 18 months, we have taken steps to postpone all upcoming work outside of the UK including jobs in Canada and the US.

We have introduced an internal travel policy and are fully aware of any past or upcoming travel arrangements staff may have.

Sign and Digital 2020 has already been postponed and we are cancelling our attendance to any other industry related events until further notice.

Hygiene

We have always fitted out both our installation and delivery vehicles with hand sanitiser for staff to use. We have now also added additional hygiene products to all of our production areas and are continuing to recommend following the WHO’s recommended protocols.

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Vehicle Graphics for PRETTYLITTLETHING.com

So imagine this right, one of our bright Pink vans pulling up at Malcolm Ryan studios only being told we needed to fit some graphics for the creative team at PLT. So, grabbing our kit and making our way to the stage in question, definitely looking weak pulling the huge sliding industrial door open to find…. another Pink car! This time, a stunning, absolutely breathtaking Cadillac, ready to be adorned with some high quality self adhesive vinyl 🤓

Thankfully we’ve got a skilled team of experienced fitters who have dealt with branding private jets, classic Ferraris and everything in between so this was right up our street and well the results speak for themselves – demonstrating how graphics can have such a powerful impact, especially on social media which is where this job ended up as part of PLT’s Black Friday campaign.

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Citiprint achieves SafeContractor Approval

Our commitment to Health and Safety both on and off site has been paramount since we started in 2016. We’ve demonstrated our knowledge on installations in the UK, Europe and shortly Canada, leading with a skilled and experienced team, specialising in work at height.

We’ve today received our full SSIP accreditation through SafeContractor Approval which paves the way for us to work on becoming ISO accredited in the coming months. We now join over 33,000 businesses in the UK who have been recognised and audited by the scheme, which give our clients confidence that the installation quality they expect is consistently met and monitored to ensure we don’t fall below the standards required.

Each of our fitters is responsible for over £5000 worth of tools and equipment on any given job, largely comprising of access gear including our recent investment into Zarges TeleTowers for safe, portable and easy platform work, providing us a working height of 4m both indoors and out. This has proved invaluable for exhibitions, shopping centres and retail environments and internal work where space is limited.

We’ve had no recorded incidents across the 500+ installations we carry out each year and have regularly been commended by our clients for our safety on site, often in busy public areas which can pose many risks. Our detailed RAMS for each job has further proven our understanding of risks, job specific precautions and management of the Health and Safety of other contractors on site. This was most recently demonstrated at Harrods Knightsbridge, where we were principle installers for the Fendi Cafe takeover, fitting over 200m of vinyl in under 24 hours. We supplied an installation team along with Project Manager to oversee the overnight work. Liaising with over 100 other contractors on site and providing the relevant and safe access equipment to our team on yet another successful job with no incidents.

We will shortly be investing into Dell rugged laptops for our installation team to allow for site audits, equipment inspections on site and to allow for enhanced and real time H&S auditing and oversight.

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Branded Underwear for Naked Breakfast at London in the Sky

Viewing London from 100ft can easily be both daunting and impressive at the same time but what about doing it totally naked?

Well, that’s what fundraisers for Coppafeel and Movember did recently at the all new London In The Sky at the O2.

We’ve had a large part to play in the launch of the 72 day opportunity to wine and dine up in the sky with the ticket office full wrap, table branding and more so to add 100 pairs of underwear into the mix was an absolute pleasure.

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Mug Printing for Channel 4’s Celebrity Call Centre

How many times have you opened a present on Christmas to find it’s yet another novelty mug?! Well, not all mugs are mugs, especially when it comes to supplying AgeUK with a case of Same Day Mugs for their recent filming with Channel 4’s Celebrity Call Centre.

With the laughter from James Acaster, down to earth advice from Nick Hewer and smiles from Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom, Celebrity Call Centre tackled the public’s dilemma this Christmas in a Channel 4 special.

Working in a call centre can be hard work so it’s no wonder those involved enjoyed our mugs so much.

But, it wasn’t just the Celebs who were impressed as AgeUK themselves said “Thanks so much for sorting this so quickly, they look fab!”

You can find out more about Same Day Mug Printing in London here.

And you can catch up with the show on All4 by clicking here.

COVER PHOTO: Channel 4 ©

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Sign Installation at UCI Cycling World Cup – Olympic Velodrome for British Cycling

British Cycling came to us requiring a solution for correx sponsor signs. We came up with a solution overnight with morning delivery and were then tasked with replacing and installing new graphics on the Velodrome track finish line. This was done on a tight turnaround with limited access the night before the UCI World Cup.

Once again, we demonstrated our agility in turning around specialist sign installations on site nationwide with the correct insurance in place for client peace of mind.

Track Finish line before removal of existing graphics
Post installation of foamex panels onto glass
Final result completed in under an hour on client’s deadline.
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Citiprint scoops Title in Corporate Excellence Awards

Over the past few years, we’ve worked hard to win several industry and wider Awards and were pleased to find this week that we’d been titled the ‘Leading Specialists in Printing and Sign Services’ in the 2019 Corporate Excellence Awards.

It’s a huge accolade for us as we continue to push boundaries and redefine the Print and Sign industry as we continue to grow and plough ahead.

It joins the other Awards we’ve been lucky to receive including the Bark Certificate of Excellence, RAR Digital, Best Website (HDA 2016) and more.

 

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Same Day Graphics for Adidas and Sports Direct Private Jet #thewarmup2

It’s not every day you see a private jet liveried with the iconic three stripes Adidas logo, but then again, it’s not everyday you can come across a reliable sign company to turn your graphics around quick, unless you’re us.

Our agency client got in touch asking us to produce these temporary graphics for the #thewarmup2 event from Stansted to Lisbon, providing visual branding for Global Reach Aviation’s Bombardier Private Jet.

The result is a stunningly easy and effective product which we’re extremely proud of. See it all below.

 

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Proud sponsors of Ice Rink Canary Wharf

We’re proud to announce that Citiprint are kind sponsors of this year’s Ice Rink at Canary Wharf. With a new layout spanning over 1300sqm, it’s one of the most romantic and popular Christmas activities in the city.

We are also a key signage contractor for design, manufacture and installation as well as supplier of over 130 branded uniforms for the staff.

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