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17th November 2011

S. Lucas declared official partner of McLaren Technology Centre

The S. Lucas Group has been declared an official partner of the McLaren Technology Centre following a series of painting and fit out packages completed by our companies at McLaren Group’s new sports car production facility at Woking in Surrey. The facility was officially opened today by Prime Minister, David Cameron.

This partnership will give us a prestigious platform for marketing and communications as we strengthen and grow our successful quality brand in the construction industry.

S. Lucas completed a succession of packages at the £40 million Foster + Partners designed McLaren Production Centre including applying specialist resin floor treatments to provide a near mirror finish, as well as other decorative and protective treatments to various parts of the building including the main production halls.

One of the most challenging tasks was to treat all high level steelwork within 10 days in the main paint shop whilst the car production line continued its pre-production commissioning programme. To achieve this, Foster + Partners approved our recommendation to adopt the use of our own MSP (Multi Surface Paint). This allowed the S. Lucas team to vacuum-clean the steelwork and apply coatings whilst pre- production continued directly beneath. The result was an extremely durable high quality finish done on time and to McLaren’s exacting standards without any delay to McLaren’s own operations.

Lucas Fit Out was contracted to fit out the VIP toilets having previously worked on the main toilet fit out and shower areas at the centre, which like everything else were finished to the highest standards for McLaren.

Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive, said: “The S. Lucas Group was initially involved with the McLaren Production Centre as a contractor, the excellence of its work amply demonstrating that we shared a passion for quality and detail. We were delighted by their ability to match or exceed all of our expectations within a very tight time frame. It became abundantly clear that we would continue to work together.”

S. Lucas Group Chairman and Managing Director Danny Lucas said: “We are absolutely delighted to become an official partner of the McLaren Technology Centre, which will give us a tremendous fillip in the construction industry. As you can imagine, McLaren’s standards are extremely exacting so to find our role expanding as the new production centre reached completion is a tribute to the quality of our work.”