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Stories | 06 February 2018

Bennetts erect first Raimondi luffing LR213 in Wembley

The first Raimondi LR213 luffing jib tower crane was erected in London in January by Bennetts.

We were pleased to be the first firm globally to put this new Raimondi model into service, which was purchased by Henry Construction, one of our residential building partners.

The LR213 was erected freestanding with 83m of tower and a 44.5m jib over a period of two days, immediately followed by testing and inspections. Our team manned the erection, with a Raimondi technician on site, and will provide full on-going technical support and maintenance for the crane.

Edward Seager, MD of Bennetts commented: “We have worked closely with Henry Construction (HC) for a number of years, having supplied numerous cranes to them on a variety of different jobsites. We currently have 22 cranes erected in and around London on HC sites with new sites continuing throughout 2018.”

He added: “With the crane freestanding 83m and including four different types of tower sections within the tower build, we were pleased to complete the full crane erection in two days. This indicates a smooth and timely installation; a credit to Raimondi’s quality manufacturing.”

The LR213 has an out-of-service radius of 17.6m with a 44.5m jib, which was paramount in ensuring the client did not encroach on any neighbouring properties. We are encountering this issue more often, especially in and around London. The ability to park at 17.6m when out of service and freestand to the height of 83m makes the LR213 the perfect choice for this kind of job. It avoids oversailing the neighbours, and avoids having to tie into the building thereby preventing any complications.

This particular site is in the heart of Wembley and the crane will remain in place for approximately two years. The project is a mixed-use development by HUB that includes 239 apartments, retail space with commercial use, and a community centre with car and cycle parking. It includes a 21 and a 26-story block, which will be the tallest tower in Wembley.

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