Two businesses have collaborated on a recent project, to support construction students in the area to enhance real-life work experience.
Lancaster and Morecambe College sought the assistance of Swift Fabrications to create a dedicated canopy to assist with their training at height facilities, to provide a more inclusive and immersive experience for students looking to enter the construction industry.
Wayne Wood, Director at Swift Fabrications, said: “At the beginning of this year, Lancaster & Morecambe College approached us, asking if we could design, manufacture, and install a training at height facility for them. It was a fantastic project, and intended to support students with their understanding, knowledge and experience of cherry pickers, boom lifts, and scissor lifts before entering full-time employment.”
The steel canopy was completed in March and measured an impressive 20mx4mx6m.
“Safe in the knowledge that galvanizing would ensure the canopy would remain fit for purpose for many years to come, we approached Merseyside Galvanizing for their expert support,” Wayne continued. “I’ve worked with them (and the wider Wedge Group) for more than 10 years on a variety of projects, and have always received excellent quality as well as brilliant service.”
Once at the galvanizing plant, the platform was hot-dipped in a bath of molten zinc at temperatures around 450C, allowing for a metallurgic bonding to be created. The galvanizing process is completely unique, sustainable, and durable – it has the greatest resistance to damage and provides long-term protection against rust and corrosion.
Richard Smetham, Sales Manager at Merseyside Galvanizing Ltd, added: “Over the past decade, we’ve collaborated with Wayne and the team on several exciting projects. It was an absolute joy to play an integral role in ensuring this canopy is suitable for future generations of local students looking to embark on a successful career in construction.”
Merseyside Galvanizing is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, the largest hot-dip galvanizing organisation in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years. With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service.
By Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd