Conlon Construction has reached an important stage of the ‘In Zone’ project at Preston’s College, completing the erection of the building’s steel frame.
Comprising 35 tonnes of structural steel work, completing this stage of construction works means the scheme is one step closer to its completion prior to the Autumn term.
With an impressive 15m clear atrium roof span, the £3.5m, three-storey project will create an enhanced student reception area for enrolment and student services & guidance whilst improving accessibility, connectivity and circulation around the campus.
The project, which began in December 2013, has provided the college’s construction students with the opportunity to study work first hand on a real-life construction project. Site visits take twice weekly with in excess of 150 students having visited since work began from a range of construction-based courses.
Due to the restricted site access, Conlon used a 100 tonne, self-erecting tower crane to position the steel frame. Prior to erection, a group of students got the opportunity to visit the Leach Steelwork Factory near Garstang to see the steel design software in action and follow the steelwork on its journey from drawing board through the factory.
Simon Brown, contracts manager at Conlon Construction, said: “The project at Preston’s College has provided a great opportunity for us to involve the students throughout the build programme and enable them to develop their skills and knowledge of a real live construction site.
“With more than 30 operatives on site at any one time, the build programme is progressing quickly and we are looking forward to completing this project which will provide some fantastic facilities for students for years to come.”
Liz Gatheral, head of buildings and facilities at Preston’s College added: “We are very pleased with the manner in which Conlon has approached the project and accommodated the sometimes conflicting needs of building on a live site.
“Their willingness to work with us, and also the time and knowledge they have shared with our students, is greatly appreciated. The project is a great example of collaborative working and we look forward to the completion of this exciting addition to the campus.”
For further information about Conlon Construction please visit www.conlon-construction.co.uk.