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News | 12 December 2023

The heights we reached in 2023

2023 has been another interesting year of lifting projects, all as diverse as the next. We take a look back at this year’s highlights and some of the challenges our cranes overcame.   

Our first Sáez SL 730 is put to work

This year we were pleased to provide the first Sáez SL 730 luffing jib tower crane in the UK to an 8-acre site called Camden Goods Yard. The crane is helping support the lifting of heavy precast concrete frames being used to build luxury homes, workspaces, shops, and cafes.  

The Sáez SL 730 is the newest and largest luffing jib model in the Sáez tower crane fleet, some of its key features include:  

  • A maximum load of 36,000kg at a radius up to 25m from the tower 
  • It can be configured with jib lengths from 35m to 70m depending on site requirements 

Camden Goods Yard required this crane due to its high capacity lifting of concrete frames weighing up to 30t and the site being next to a railway line meant all cranes must be de-rated in accordance with Network Rail requirements.    

Our Sáez SL 730 is expected to be dismantled in August 2024.  

Raimondi cranes take on ambitious waterside development 

We installed three Raimondi MRT159s and one MRT152 flat-top tower crane for The Green Quarter site in West London this year. The project will provide modern residential homes, commercial and retail spaces, along with essential community facilities.    

Edward Seager, Managing Director at Bennetts said on the project “We were pleased to continue our relationship with an industry-leading contractor by providing these four Raimondi flat-tops. It was also great to see that the contractor for this project had a 10-year-old crane policy, which meant all the machines deployed on-site cannot be any more than 10-years old by the end of construction.”  

These cranes are on-site for approximately 12 months.  

Our Jost JTL 108 overcomes complex lifting requirements 

This site by Feltham Construction is helping play an important part in a regeneration scheme which aims to revitalise an area in Slough by building new residential properties on underutilised commercial sites. 

This project required high-capacity lifting of concrete frames onsite. We recommended our Jost JTL 108 luffing jib due to its heavy lifting capacity of up to 6 tonnes. This crane also effectively addressed the site’s risks of oversailing or colliding with nearby objects and properties as it has a minimal out-of-service radius of 9.6 metres.  

Feltham also saw the benefits of the compact design of this crane as its tower is easily transported to and from the site on a single lorry – reducing costs, minimising disruption, and lowering emissions associated with delivery vehicles. 

These are just a few of the fantastic projects we’ve worked on this year, if you’d like to read more about what we’ve been up to head to our news page here 

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to sharing more interesting projects with you in 2024.  

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