On average, for a single unit we work based on the following turnaround times. Please note that quicker turnarounds may be possible subject to a potential surcharge.
Books (non leather) 2 - 4 working days
Books (leather) 5 - 10 working days
University Theses (to set specification) 2 - 3 working days
Portfolios 5 working days
Presentations bindings 2 - 5 working days
Boxes 5 - 10 working days
Albums 5 -10 working days
For menus, periodicals, repairs, props and bigger runs turnaround times are negotiable depending on specifics.
For any non standard work, the bindery charges a standard £40 per hour. This rises to £60 per hour for work conducted outside of standard turnaround times, or after hours.
Everything we produce at the bindery can be made to your specific measurements giving you the freedom to move beyond standard formats.
If we are making a portfolio, presentation binding or box it is essential to provide a page template or contents for the duration of the order for accuracy. This is particularly important with things such as slipcases and custom recesses in boxes.
With portfolios, whether using pages directly, providing your own sleeves or using a non standard format, a template is needed to ensure the hole position of the mechanism is correct. In addition when purchasing new sleeves from us or having further pages drilled a template is required for continuity.
Supplying a material
We are generally able to work with a supplied material but would recommend you bring in a sample beforehand for advice.
If you are planning to have lettering we will also need to check if the material is suitable.
Please note that bringing extra material is essential.
When providing a print for use as a cover the size and registration need to be accurate, especially if there is text on the spine. Remember you may need to account for the turn ins. Getting the grain direction of the print correct is also essential. We would recommend that you call for advice on paper weights and sizing.
At the bindery we stock black, white and off-white endpapers as standard along with more traditional and decorative marbled papers and paste grains.
You are welcome to provide your own endpapers. Its important that they are oversized, of the correct grain and of a suitable weight.
Most manufactured paper has a grain. This allows the paper to be folded or torn more easily in one direction.
When providing pages you need to print in the appropriately grained paper. You want the grain of the paper to run parallel to the spine of the book. To determine the grain direction try gently folding the paper from edge to edge both ways. You will find more resistance against the grain.