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Lead Times and Delivery Options

Turnaround times

Online printing turnaround times

Our post is collected 2pm Monday-Friday. Urgent orders should be uploaded by 1pm to ensure they are posted out two working days later. Order placed after this time will still be ready for collection after 48 hours, but will be collected by Royal Mail the following day.

UK delivery is next day. However, this schedule will vary for more remote areas of the UK, offshore and international shipments. All items are thoroughly packaged to ensure they reach you in pristine condition.

Studio printing turnaround times

The lead times vary from two to seven working days dependent on the level of service needed.

Mounting turnaround times

  • Card, PVC and foam board mounting: up to seven days in lab
  • MDF, aluminium, Dibond and Durospec Perspex Reverse: up to 10 days in lab

Delivery information

Delivery options

  • 24-hour tracked (prints only): Guaranteed within two working days (to be signed for) £6.50 for P&P
  • Special delivery (prints only): Guaranteed next day before 1pm (to be signed for) £10.00 for P&P
  • EU recorded delivery: Up to five working days (to be signed for) £15.00 for P&P
  • International recorded delivery: Up to 10 working days (to be signed for) £20.00 for P&P
  • Courier* (mounted work and larger prints – UK only): Next working day between 9am and 4 pm (to be signed for) £15.00 for P&P
  • International courier prices on application

*Courier price based upon one 30kg package. For larger orders please call +44 (0)1273 769 782 for further information.

Please note: all prices exclude VAT

How to track your delivery

Royal Mail Track & Trace: If you have your 13 character reference then you can track your package via the Royal Mail website.

APC Overnight: Enter your consignment number to track your parcel via the APC website.

International delivery

Over the years we have facilitated packing and shipping work all around the globe.

We have worked closely with art movers and international courier services to ensure your work arrives at its final destination in perfect condition.

For more information, call +44 (0) 1273 708222 or email hello@spectrumphoto.co.uk

Packaging

Packaging for delivery

Small prints are packed flat in recyclable cardboard envelopes with stiffeners and larger prints are rolled in a sturdy tube.

We use recyclable acid free tissue and glassine bags to protect your print during transport. Prints over 800mm on the shortest side are rolled in larger tubes or wrapped around a cardboard core and suspended within a heavy box for transportation.

For international shipping of prints we recommend sending via courier service and additional packaging.

When collecting from the lab, smaller prints are supplied in an envelope and larger prints are provided rolled within Kraft paper, which can be recycled.

All mounted prints are painstakingly wrapped by a dedicated team member using our degradable bubble wrap, cardboard edging, large polystyrene corners to take the force of any knocks, and a sturdy corrugated cardboard box made to the exact size of your artwork.  We recommend retaining the bespoke packaging for future use or recycling responsibly.

Vinyl tape used to bind boxes cannot be recycled.  However,  we also use a brown paper tape marked FRAGILE that has a natural rubber adhesive which can be recycled with the cardboard.

To  cut down on waste we reuse all the wide format boxes that paper rolls are sent in to send out large prints.

We have also stopped putting bubble wrap around the exterior of boxes.

We can deliver within the UK or around the world and have packaging solutions to suit orders large and small.

Packaging for collection

Small prints are packed flat in recyclable cardboard envelopes and large prints are rolled in recyclable craft paper. Tubes can be purchased.

Mounted are wrapped in degradable bubble wrap. Single panels will have a protective layer of recyclable cardboard to protect the image face.

Exhibition installation

Our commitment to a full service includes delivering your work and installation where required.

We are experienced in hanging large exhibitions and can work with your venue to ensure a safe installation. Please contact us for further details on +44 (0)1273 769 782 or hello@spectrumphoto.co.uk