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News | 03 April 2024

Bennetts Cranes supplies heavy lifting for one of Bristol’s largest new affordable housing developments

Bennetts has supplied one of its Raimondi LRH174 tower cranes to the Old Brewery site in South Bristol, managed by McLaughlin and Harvey. 

The flagship development will see the creation of 107 new affordable homes and seven new commercial spaces, including the conversion of the original brewery manager’s house. The site will be a mix of new build properties and restoration and refurbishment of some of the original brewery buildings to retain the industrial heritage of the site. Of the 107 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, 98 homes will be available to buy through shared ownership and nine for social rent.   

One of the key challenges Bennetts faced at this site was the irregular shape of the site, which is surrounded by both residential and commercial neighbours in the heart of Southville, an inner-city ward of Bristol. This meant it was important to mitigate the risk of oversailing nearby properties and collisions with nearby objects on such a tight urban site. Bennetts recommended the Raimondi LRH174 hydraulic luffing jib crane, with a 50m jib and 35.7m tower as this allowed a short out of radius when parked. This crane also benefits from having AMCS zoning technology installed which reduces the risk of collision. The crane jib was built in two haves and lifted in two lifts to avoid over sailing neighbouring land or buildings.  

“We were delighted to provide our Raimondi LRH174 to McLaughlin and Harvey for this  regeneration project in Bristol. The LRH174 is an ideal tower crane for this urban site because it benefits from being relatively small and with a small out of service radius, whilst still being able to cope with all the lift-requirements of the build. Additionally, we have had AMCS zoning technology installed on the crane which prevents the crane from working outside of the site boundary,” said Edward Seager, Managing Director of Bennetts Cranes. 

The largest lift requirement for this site was 3.4 tonnes at 30m. The LRH174 can lift up to 5 tonnes from 30m, this gave additional capacity for any lifting accessories added on. This is also beneficial because when a crane lifts weights at a higher percentage of its capacity it will perform at a much slower speed. The additional lift capacity allows the crane to work faster to meet site demands.  

This crane also benefits from having alternated red and white painted jib, which the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is planning to require that all crane jibs have alternating colours for health and safety reasons. 

This crane is due to be dismantled by the end of summer 2024. 

Bennetts Cranes has an extensive modern fleet of luffing jib, saddle jib, and remotely controlled cranes. If you’d like to discuss your next heavy-lifting project, call 01453 811754 or fill out the form on our website –  

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