St Peter's is a former church, Grade I listed building and cultural venue, situated in the heart of Sudbury. Whilst it is no longer a place of worship, the venue remains open to the public and is used primarily as a space for a range of events. With a big regeneration project underway to breathe new life into the building, The Friends of St Peter's and its Trustees wanted to transform the redundant church into a vibrant cultural venue.
The main challenge for St Peter's was to bring awareness to the new role of the building as a venue, whilst still celebrating its heritage. This project involved re-positioning a Grade I listed former church, steeped in heritage, as a diverse cultural venue able to attract a range of audiences.
Hosting local events and entertainment
Following an unsuccessful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, St Peter's were looking for branding and marketing support to position them well with a strong and appealing brand identity. As the largest venue in Sudbury, with a central position on the Market Hill, St Peter's has a huge amount of potential, appealing to both the local community and tourists.
St Peter's needed a solution that gave them a strong identity and encouraged a wider audience to get involved. They required an easy-to-manage brand toolkit and a website that showcased their range of events, celebrated the heritage and demonstrated the future of St Peter's.
The Friends of St Peter's and The Churches Conservation Trust were in the process of applying for funding from the Heritage Lottery to fund the major regeneration of the building. Not only did their project need to promote St Peter's as a cultural venue, but it also had to hit specific criteria from the Heritage Lottery Scheme.
Securing Heritage Lottery funding
Through a process of collaborative workshops, we developed a brief to create a brand identity toolkit and website for St Peter's to support them in their regeneration and growth.
Having established and shared a positioning statement for St Peter's, we began to create focus for the brand going forward. We segmented potential audience groups and used their journey of discovering St Peter's to influence the brand messaging and structure of the website to improve user experience across the board.
We created a vibrant yet sophisticated brand identity for St Peter's that appeals to their varied target audience groups. The logo, with four arrows pointing to the centre, symbolises St Peter’s as a venue at the heart of Sudbury that brings people together. The logo is just one of the elements that we provided St Peter's with as part of their broader brand identity toolkit.
In order to successfully establish St Peter's as a community hub for Sudbury, we needed to identify three key areas in order to develop their brand identity and website:
A brand identity toolkit sits within an accessible cloud-based brand governance portal. It allows all of the elements that make up a brand to be hosted in one place, and includes the following elements:
All of these elements have enabled St Peter's to continue creating marketing material that is on-brand, and to promote their image as a meeting place for the community.
With a new strong brand and image, St Peter's were able to secure £2.8 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery to help with the regeneration project. We continue to support St Peter’s in applying their new brand identity successfully across various physical and digital marketing material. Their messaging now encompasses the wide range of events and activities that St Peter's hosts, and their emotive tagline, "Experience More" , is used across all marketing material.
Since the development and launch of the St Peter's brand toolkit and marketing materials, including the website, audience groups numbers have significantly grown. Significantly, a broader range of age groups are now attending St Peter's. In addition, we created an easy-to-manage website for St Peter's that allowed them to effectively communicate with audience groups and enhance user experience.
Thanks to the brand identity toolkit and the website you developed for us we are attracting more diverse and younger audiences, I have no doubt that your support has played its part in attracting a grant for St Peter's from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thank you very much again. Your team have been a delight to work with and the results speak for themselves.Oliver Forder – Chair of The Friends of St Peter's
We are delighted that the work we have done to develop a brand identity toolkit for St Peter's has proved to have played an important role in helping them secure the funding they needed.Paul Mackman, Managing Director - Mackman
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