Throwback Thursday – Lancaster & Morecambe College


An outstanding education sector project carried out by MAC back in 2014 was Lancaster and Morecambe College. This involved the complete roof refurbishment of the Construction and Engineering Building using an advanced single ply roofing membrane laid onto lamella radiused insulation.

This project presented a number of challenges, partly due to the roof’s complicated shape and distinctive barrel vault curved features. This meant that MAC’s in-house joiners had to design and install bespoke timber firrings into the valley areas in order to make a tapered structure that would allow drainage to the external gutters. Furthermore, the existing rooflights could not be taken out due to the H&S risk to occupants below, so MAC came up with the ingenious idea to create bespoke timber boxes which would sleeve over the rooflights before being waterproofed.

In addition to the roofing works, MAC installed over 1,700m2 of specialist external wall cladding, including both timber cladding and Trespa rainscreen cladding.

Overall this was a highly successful project, particularly given the fact that much of the work had to be carried out in a live teaching environment in order to meet the tight deadlines. In recognition, it was awarded the coveted ‘Best Refurbishment Project’ accolade at the SPRA Excellence Awards held in London.

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