Seizing The News Agenda: Legoland Discovery Centre

 

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester stripped out Northern Rail from Lego built dediction of city, Mini Land.jpg

The Northern Rail crisis has dominated news headlines over recent weeks.  Yesterday we were delighted to join the conversation and demonstrate client Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester’s support for affected commuters.

In acknowledgment of the millions of people’s lives disrupted by the debacle,  the Northern Rail train at the centre of the leading family attraction’s ‘Mini Land’ feature was stripped out and the railway podium removed from the miniature Lego-built city of Manchester.

The timely act, captured in a series of compelling visuals and video content, seized the attention of the media, generating repeat features on BBC North West Tonight and Granada Reports.  Widespread regional print and online coverage was also enjoyed including the Manchester Evening News, I Love Manchester, Wigan Evening Post and About Manchester, amongst others.

Nearly three in ten (29%) of the Barton Square attraction’s customer base, live in the most affected areas of Stockport, Warrington, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Bolton and Wigan with footfall decreasing by half from some of those areas in the last eight weeks.

“The shift in visitor patterns marries with the Northern Rail change to timetables and surge of cancellations and delays.” said Jenn McDonough, General Manager Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments,

“As a Northern business, we depend on visitors from neighbouring areas, and I know we’re not alone. Northern Rail’s ongoing problems are such that it’s impacting on business.”

“The suggestion from staff that the Northern train should be removed from the attraction, we feel, reflects events from the region. Mini Land is a dedication, in Lego form, of what’s great about Manchester, and the North West, today.”

Mini Land, the Lego-built miniature city of Manchester contains over 15,583 bricks, each laid by hand and glued into place by Alex Bidolak, Master Model Builder, and is included within the general admissions price.

Rule 5 Appointed By Merlin Entertainments

LEGO Ninjago BannerThe agency has won a significant contract with Merlin Entertainments.

The announcement follows a four-way competitive pitch and sees Rule 5 appointed as the retained communications agency for Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester.

Work is already underway with the team busy developing plans to promote two new features at the popular family attractions, due to launch this spring.  The features are the result of a £400k investment and promise to deliver an incredible experience for both first-time and returning guests.

The agency will also be responsible for delivering a sustained national media relations campaign for both attractions and supporting Sea Life Manchester’s acclaimed conservation programme.

Speaking on the announcement Jenn McDonough, General Manager Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: “Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester are two of our leading attractions and have been inspiring, exciting and educating families for over seven years.

“With the forthcoming launch of two new features the time was right for us to review our marketing approach and appoint a new agency to support us in driving the business forward.  It was a competitive process that saw some great pitches but the communications plan presented by Rule 5 was head and shoulders above the rest, combining strong creative ideas with a solid and strategic approach.  We really bought into the team.”

Agency Co-Founder Julie Wilson added:  “This is a brief we were passionate about winning.  The scope of opportunity presented by the attractions, the forthcoming new features and incredible conservation work undertaken by Sea Life Manchester is great and appealed to us both personally and professionally.  It’s a privilege to be involved.”