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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

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

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3 Tips when ordering Printed Banners

Banners are everywhere, they’re great for short and long term promotion and can be fixed to most surfaces. But, what do you need to consider when ordering a Same Day Banner from Citiprint in London?

We’ve put together this short guide to give you our top three bits of advice when designing and ordering your Banner.

  1. Material? – Banners are typically printed on PVC but with the Winter months looming, we recommend Mesh – it has tiny holes in which allow the wind to pass through without damaging your banner. Your banner won’t look any different and will be hemmed to prevent any fraying.
  2. Hems? – we always recommend hemming for long term use of banners but you may not need them if your banner is going up for a short period of time. In these cases, we use Hemming tape, a strong strip of reinforced material to keep your banner’s edges protected from the elements.
  3. Eyelets or Tape? If you’re hanging your banner up on a fence, building or car, we recommend you opt for eyelets so you can easily use cable ties or straps to fix your banner in place. For all other applications, we recommend double sided tape so you can stick your banner to walls, surfaces or flat objects.

Banners are always a great way to promote your event, business or promotion. At Citiprint, we’ll work with you to produce any quantity and size of banner up to 3.2m height, to provide you with the greatest impact.

We print banners in London on a Same Day turnaround 24/7 with Same Day delivery available. For more, call us on 0203 167 0400.

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Construction Site Hoarding Printing in London

Hoarding is an excellent and effective way to advertise or bring colour to any construction environment. BCC recently contacted us to do just that at their Notting Hill site. Part of a basement conversion spanning over two years, these hoarding panels brought stylistic branding to life with over forty panels printed and delivered in a matter of days. You can find out how we did it in our UV Printing Guide here.

We have several popular options when it comes to Construction Site Signage including:

4mm Correx Printing in London
6mm Correx Printing in London
3mm Dibond Hoarding Printing in London

Hoarding Printing in London
Citiprint Same Day Signs in London
Construction Site Sign Printing in London
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Trailer Wrapping for Veuve Clicquot

Here’s the vintage 1950s chrome bodied trailer we recently wrapped for our client Polar Black for Veuve Clicquot.

With the trailer manufacturer going out of business in the late 20th century, we designed a new wrap to fit after a short site survey for our client. Wrapping the trailer in gloss orange and white, with cut vinyl branding on top.

We turned this project around in a matter of days for our client, with the trailer now being on display and being used actively for promotion at Cliveden House.

To discuss your similar Vehicle Branding project, please call us on 0203 167 0400.

Same Day Vehicle Graphics London Citiprint
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Oris Mayfair Boutique – Vinyl Hoarding during Refit

Repeat agency clients GHOST came to us to white out and brand the Oris Mayfair Boutique ahead of reopening on the 23rd March.

Using matt vinyl, we wrapped every window and door glass panel including branding. This project was completed in under two hours.

At Citiprint, we have certified and experienced installers for Vinyl, Wrap, Signage, Hoarding, Graphics and more – available 24/7 on 0203 167 0400 Nationwide.

London Vinyl Installation
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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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Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N ExCeL Signs and Graphics

The events team at the new STATION attraction at the ExCeL contracted us to produce fast turnaround graphics and signs including installation prior to the opening to the press and public. 

The exterior of the venue was treated to Print and Cut of nearly 30 different Avengers Logos up to 1.5m wide. These were installed on site to hoarding and were part of a solution devised by Citiprint and the events company to bring colour and recognition to the attraction for the end client.

Internally, key branding was applied to bring attention to 12 fire exit doors with themed graphics used to keep with the event’s branding. These were matt laminated for internal and external use, resulting in a high quality finish to match the building.

We also produced around 30 foamex signs of various designs for wayfinding purposes, security and public safety.

Our installation service is available Nationwide 24/7 with an experienced and skilled team ready to leave within an hour to be with you.

Same Day Signs London for Avengers
Front of Exhibition featuring Hoarding Branding. Photo: https://twitter.com/KeirWallerPR
Fire Door Graphics
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Same Day Vinyl Pop-up Graphics for Descente London

Descente came to us needing urgent vinyl cut graphics for their new Shoreditch Pop-up Shop in London.

After their vinyl supplier had let them down, we turned around several various graphics in under 6 hours from order to delivery.

Citiprint Same Day Printing Signs London

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Huawei Mobile – Office Branding and Wrap

 

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⏩⏩⏩⏩⏩⏩ SWIPE! What you see is the result of a couple of late night installs at Huawei’s London office. Direct job after a call from the client needing over 150m of vinyl printed and installed on a quick turnaround. Stunning artwork made this job all the more impressive with vibrant colours on high quality vinyl and settings. The attention to detail from our installation team is second to none and the whole workspace is now truly transformed into a fun, bright and innovative space. Incredibly proud moment fulfilling this job for what is now the world’s largest telecoms brand! 😲 When it comes to that last minute request, we always outperform! #print #signs #printing #citiprint #vinyl #wideformat #largeformat #mutoh #huawei #huaweimobile #london #theo2 #greenwich #london #installation #install #wrapping #wrap #citiprint #mobile #phone #branding #interiors #officespace #retail #graphics @huaweimobileuk @huaweimobile @huawei

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Internal Office Branding for Huawei Mobile in London

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Same Day Digital Printing – Wide Format Wrap Installed in London

Our client needed a long term yet easily removable solution for their treatment rooms. Lasers being used in hair removal would reflect off the mirrors fitted to the walls in these rooms. The recommended solution by Citiprint was to wrap all the mirror elements in matt laminated digitally printed wide format graphics.

The large graphic is 2 x 2m.

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