Case Study:
Leeds City College

Leeds City College (LCC) is part of The College Group, Leeds’ leading education provider. CSDPrint has been working with LCC as they rebrand 8 separate buildings which are used by over 35,000 students and 1,200 staff.


LCC awarded CSDPrint the contract to print and fit a large selection of exterior and interior signs and graphics at three of its city centre colleges. That’s not just a few exterior signs and interior wall graphics but everything from totem signs, 10m mesh PVC banners, 200 sq m of window vinyls and 100 sq m of wall paper to 20 wall display frames, open day exhibition stands and much much more!


The biggest challenges have been adapting the designs and selecting materials and fixings to ensure that every item adhered to the exacting planning and conservation regulations.

For example the first phase of the project we tackled was the new Printworks Campus. This collection of buildings is on the 4.5 acre former Alf Cooke playing card printing works and is centred round a magnificent Grade 2 listed industrial building. Built in 1881, both the printworks’ exterior and interior are listed. Secondly we set about applying the new brand identity to the 1960s 11-storey Technology College buildings.

On one of the busiest streets in the city centre, this phase brought with it very different requirements. We not only needed to schedule fittings for when the college was closed to ensure the utmost safety of the staff and students, but also to avoid busy traffic periods. The third phase was the rebranding of Park Lane College which whilst it is slightly away from the city centre and is therefore easier to access, it is much larger.


The fantastic success of this extensive project hinged on a number of factors:

  • Meticulous project management with extensive liaison with the college’s capital projects, estates and marketing teams
  • Preparing detailed photo-visuals of all key aspects
  • Innovative use of translucent and contravison vinyls, framed banners and flags to overcome Grade 2 planning restrictions
  • Installing temporary signage to maximise awareness of the Printworks opening event whilst awaiting delayed planning approvals
  • Flexible production scheduling to meet particularly tight deadlines.


Happy client:

Our client, Richard Lewis, Director of Student Recruitment & Marketing at Leeds City College, very kindly gave us this feedback…

“I’ve have worked with Gail and the team at CSDPrint many times over the past 20 years but this is by far the largest and most complex project we’ve tackled together. I knew they had the technology and the know-how but I hadn’t experienced their project management expertise on this scale before. They have been fantastic, taking responsibility for everything. There has been so many different aspects to consider and they have embraced everything with their excellent can do attitude whether that’s coming up with clever signage solutions to fittings logistics.”
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