COMPLETED
2009
DURATION
20W
RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
People
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Project Description

Refurbishment of lecture theatres and seminar rooms with new M & E installation. The Faraday Complex comprises approximately 1254m2 is located at the North end of the campus. The refurbishment of the Faraday Complex has an approximate value of £1.3m and includes three large lecture theatres, two colloquium rooms, two seminar rooms and the foyer area. These teaching spaces are split across two floors and are heavily used by undergraduate students from a variety of departments. In addition the complex becomes a conferencing facility during the university holidays. This project was on site in early June 2009 and completed in September 2009, ready for the start of the Autumn term.

Responsible business

People

People

Overbury completed a critical lecture theatre project for Lancaster university against all the odds and it maintained the client’s and its own environmental aspirations without a single delay. Students at the Faraday Complex were sitting down to lectures just two hours after Overbury had completed this fast track contract for Lancaster University.
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Planet

In addition to the relatively simple tasks such as ensuring all timber used in the build was FSC certified and that paints were low VOC emitting, the Overbury team adapted the design and reused elements to boost environmental credentials and save money. For example, the existing ductwork was cleaned and adapted for use as part of the ventilation strategy, rather than simply installing new ductwork throughout.

Challenges

Overbury was workinging under very tight time constraints – “the time frame was such that we worked non-stop and within budget, for the start of the new term” This renovation of a 1960s building uncovered the presence of asbestos, and it was always going to be touch and go that it was completed on time.