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Specialists Awards 2012 Finishing & Fit Out WINNER S LUCAS

Contracts undertaken by S Lucas are of considerable size


“The passion for quality and detail shines through in this entry. They have completed some challenging projects for demanding clients with energy and enthusiasm”

S Lucas is a family owned painting contracting business with a very strong commitment to quality, reliability, safety and the environment. The company has consistently grown in size and expanded its services during the past 41 years of operation. Turnover increased last year and the company has been able to maintain a 33 per cent profi t margin. Contracts undertaken by S Lucas

are of considerable size and its client list includes Heathrow Terminal 5, the O² Arena, the 2012 Olympic Stadium and Westfi eld Stratford City. At Westfi eld, work involved

applying protective coatings to steelwork, service routes and applying specialist fl oor resins to car parks. The fi rm demonstrated its commitment to the job when, at short notice, it painted 11 km of yellow line in the car park. Recent work for the McLaren

Group involved applying specialist resin fl oor treatments to provide a near-mirror fi nish at the £40 million Foster + Partners-designed McLaren Production Centre. Work also included other decorative and protective treatments to various

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parts of the building, including the main production halls. One of the most challenging

tasks was to treat all high-level steelwork in the main paint shop in 10 days while the car production line continued its pre-production commissioning programme. To achieve this the specialist

contractor vacuum-cleaned the steelwork before applying an own- brand coating. The result was an extremely durable, high quality fi nish, completed on time and without any delay to McLaren’s own operations. McLaren Group and McLaren

automotive executive chairman Ron Dennis said: “The S Lucas Group was initially involved with the McLaren Production Centre as a contractor and the excellence of its work demonstrated that we shared a passion for quality and detail.”


The person driving the development of the S Lucas Group is Danny Lucas, who formally took over as chairman of the business late in 2010 after buying the company from his father. Danny has put together a strong

team and has been responsible for implementing internal programmes and procedures to achieve the firm’s aim of raising levels of professionalism, quality, reliability and environmental consideration rarely seen in the sector. These independently verified

measures (such as an ISO 140001) are required in order to win large contracts from blue-chip clients – which is exactly what the cpmpany achieved in the two projects highlighted in its entry, namely the new McLaren Production Centre at Woking and Westfield Stratford City in east London. In both cases the success of the

firm’s initial work on these projects led to the award of additional packages, often to overcome new problems that arose.

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