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SPIDER CRANE – ROOFTOP STEEL

Birmingham Centre has a growing construction element within the central area recently. With our Central depot in the Midlands we are able to send machines often on a sameday service to our customers.

We cover Birmingham quite frequently and it is no surprise that when walking through the centre, if you look up on the rooftop of the major construction site’s- you are able to see our unique yellow spider crane booms in the sky.

MAEDA MC405 working on the roof in Birmingham to assemble Steel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This particular job was to assemble Steel Work for a series of additional floors going up on top of a structure,with no alternative solution other than a complete road closure to position a huge mobile crane at ground level.

We hire our spider cranes in Birmingham and anywhere in the UK to work on various applications – particularly when required to work on rooftops or in tight areas…

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LIFT MINICRANES AT SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL

 

The Story behind it…..

Southwark Cathedral is the oldest Cathedral Church building in London and archaeological evidence shows there was Roman pagan worship here well before that, dating back 606 AD.

Significantly, Southwark stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames at what was the only entrance to the City of London across the river for many centuries. It is not only a place of worship but also of hospitality to every kind of person: princes and paupers, prelates and prostitutes, poets, playwrights, prisoners and patients have all found refuge here.

The bells of Southwark Cathedral are rung regularly for the major services, and for other special occasions and practices by the Southwark Cathedral Society of Bellringers.

Although there are records of bells in the Cathedral from the early 1400s, the present ring of 12 bells dates from 1735. They were one of the earliest complete sets of 12 bells to be commissioned.

A thirteenth bell was added in 2005 to enable a lighter ring of eight bells to be rung.

Southwark Bells

One of the larger bells at Southwark Cathedral

The task……

The bells require various restoration, repair and replacement work to be carried out due to the age and condition of the bells. LIFT MINICRANES where asked if at all possible, could we help to provide a solution to getting the bells down from the tower, and out of the Cathedral to be attended to in ideal conditions.

UNIC 706 Spider crane

 

The problem…..

The heaviest bell, or “Tenor”, at Southwark is in the top ten of the heaviest change-ringing bells in existence. It weighs in at 48cwt – that’s nearly two and a half tons.

Lowering the bells down from the tower using a sufficient “winching” system seems like the perfect solution? – it would be if the ground below would support the weight of the bell.

Unfortunately, the pulpit is directly below, and is over 500 years old and cannot be loaded with bells of this kind of weight without causing serious damage.

Bell winching down to ground

The solution…..

The nearest firm area of ground happens to be about 5m away from the point at which the bells would come down vertically. The only way into this area or out for that matter is through a door at 1.8m wide and approx 2.4m high.

After careful inspection, and a few clicks of the measuring tape – we arrived at a possible solution.

A UNIC/URW 706 can lift 2.4t over a reach of 7m, it can also raise and lower and move comfortably under load in such a narrow working area.

We can also use the spider crane on electric eliminating the exhaust fumes when in a public and pedestrian busy place. We can track the spider crane through the courtyard and navigate it up and down the cathedral steps to gain access in and out.

We can also get in a great position to help the team of experienced bell-hanging engineers to lift each bell onto a vehicle to be taken carefully away from the cathedral.

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Let’s do it…..

We delivered our UNIC URW/706 6 tonne capacity spider crane to the Cathedral early in the morning, along with floor protection and a wide selection of timber sleepers, tracking mats and accessories.

We entered through the gate on Cathedral Street – with barriers set down to keep people clear and we traversed the steps.

We tracked the UNIC through the courtyard’s narrow walkways and up and down the steps, turning almost 360 degrees in many areas to enter through the small narrow doorway into the cathedral.

We laid down a very intricate system of floor protection, timber billets and rigger pads for protection and for the reduction of ground pressures – designed and planned with our team alongside the structural engineers from the Bell Foundry and Bell changing engineers.

Once in position, an all important dry-run was carried out to clear any doubt and check final elements that can sometimes have a habit of arising.

The bells came down to the pulpit one-by-one under complete control, and nice and slowly. Until each bell was ready for the weight transfer to the crane.

Our 706 spider crane was then directed to take the weight of the delicately slung, and impressively heavy bell.

The spider crane lifted the bell back, turned it round and positioned the bell on the solid floor area to be transported through the door using mechanical devices such as skates and trolleys.

The bells ended up on the back of a lorry safe and sound, and will return in the near future to be re-positioned and set back where they belong…..

If you have any logistical lifting nightmares – why not give us a call see what we can do for you….

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3 CRANES ARE BETTER THAN 2 ……..

Now you may have heard of “Tandem Lift” but this is a “Triple Lifting Operation”….

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The problem was a 2000kg Steel Beam needed lifting up and fixing into position beneath a low level ceiling. The possibility of using a conventional Mobile Crane was dismissed by the fact that the only access would have been over the beautiful lawn.

One of the great design features of our Mini Cranes are that they are low weight bearing, and cause minimal disruption when tracking, and when rigged up in position.

 

We laid down some plastic Tracking Mats – (available for hire) and set the cranes loose toward the work area – for action!

we then set-up the cranes so that the larger crane – MAEDA MC305, had the heavier end with the furthest reach. And the supporting UNIC 295 at the other end of the steel. The UNIC 095 with it’s multi leg position facility allowed the small crane to get it’s legs within the support prop’s to take the centre of the beam, and it’s own proportion of the weight.

With all 3 cranes ready, the steel was hoisted slowly, and fixed in position – Much to the relieve of the main contractor and property owner. The cranes completed the lift with ease, and in a safe manner.

We then dissapeared from site as if we weren’t there, and the work is now progressing as normal.

I’m sure there are contractors facing tall orders like this, and we are here to help….

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Two booms are better than one !

TANDEM LIFTING OPERATIONS…..

When working indoors and there is little room for machinery. Spider cranes can provide an excellent solution to many scenarios.

Seen here we have 2 UNIC spider cranes, working together to stand a GRP tank upright with extra care not to let anything touch the fixed attachments on the vessel.

2 UNIC Spider Cranes working in Tandem

2 UNIC Spider Cranes working in Tandem

The tank was brought into the building by pallet trucks and Forklifts, then we positioned the two mini cranes to take control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then lifted the bottom of the tank off the floor, while the larger spider crane lifted the top end of the tank.

the larger crane then raised the tank upright, taking care not to collide with the conduit and other elements above, as the crane raised the tank.

The tank started to rise, and the smaller crane steadied the bottom, and kept it off the ground.

tandem lift complete

Tank stood upright using 2 spider cranes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tank was then above it’s final position and the smaller crane removed. The Tank was then lowered down and positioned exactly.

Another job well done by LIFT MINICRANES

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VERTIKAL – RED AND YELLOW MINI CRANES

VERTIKAL / CRANE & ACCESS September issue available now online

http://www.vertikal.net/en/cranes-access/issue/283/

page 38 onwards has a good insight to LIFT MINICRANE HIRE for those who aren’t familiar with our services, history and equipment. Also see a photo of JADE and KEVIN in the depot.

LIFT have recently purchased a new MAEDA MC405 to add to the collection of UNIC and MAEDA range. the new MAEDA has an 850kg SWL searcher hook which will play a massive advantage on th

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Mezzanine Structures…..

Assembling steelwork with minicrane

Assembling steelwork with minicrane

MINI CRANE HIRE INDOORS….

 

 

 

 

In this photo of a MAEDA MC405 spider crane, we raised the main chassis up to achieve a good reach over and beyond the steelwork.

When there is little headroom, the minicranes can become very useful – especially with different attachments which can be fixed to the end of the boom.

We undertake many steel erection/assembly jobs, and our minicranes are a massive aid to many steel erecting contracts.

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THE NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE

295 mini crane hire at Space Centre

295 mini crane hire at Space Centre

Exciting projects this week….

 

LIFT MINICRANE HIRE delivered a service this week at the National Space centre near our depot in Leicester. The task was to remove the glass entrance in order to allow room for the latest exhibition to be transported in for display.

The whole entrance was removed with a UNIC 295 Spider crane, and a glass lifting attachment – which was rigged up a few metres away from the entrance, and the glass was taken out individually by the crane. The entrance was cleared and the exhibit transported into the ground floor entrance.

The glass was then replaced in the reverse procedure using the spider crane, and the entrance sealed back up. LIFT LTD worked alongside a team of specialist glass company to perform this task.

A few pictures below for a more in depth look….

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DOWN AND DIRTY

You can’t get much lower…..

LIFT MINI CRANE HIRE were called upon to find a solution to a development problem recently. We where asked if there are any ways to lift steel floor beams into the existing brickwork of an existing building, that was being renovated into a plush new office block.

The problem was that the building itself is in the middle of terrace style houses, and very little room to manoeuvre.

 

mini crane hired for basement

Basement work with minicrane

For us, it made sense to lower the mini crane into the basement itself, and lift and work the 6 large steels into their positions.

Once the steels had been lifted – the engineers could then plan the next phase of fitting the floor…. saving time, money and a lot of hassle when compared to lifting through the roof, or a neighbouring car-park?

 

The possibilities are literally endless………

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