Earlier this year LIFT CRANES were asked to assist with a very special project at MARWELL ZOO in the TROPICAL HOUSE. We were contacted by our friends at MARWELL WILDLIFE, to help with a rather extraordinary and different project.
The Aquarium which is being developed at present will be one of a kind, in that there is a climate controlled area with exotic species of wildlife and rare trees and plants from all over the world.
Some of the trees that are now inside the Tropical House weighed over 2.5 tonnes and needed the assistance of a SPIDER CRANE to help stand them up once in position as the access was extremely restricted and proved a difficult task for human strength alone.
Tropical House at Marwell Zoo
Working throughout the days our experienced operator and supervisor ensured that all lifting was done safely, and eliminated any risk of damaging the rare species of trees.
Our LIFT MINICRANE team, alongside the Marwell Wildlife Experts completed the task in hand smoothly. And the Tropical House can now be experienced by all.
For space restricted lifting operations, we specialize in spider cranes of all types and sizes.
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As built-up urban environments across the world continue to grow, so do the demands on construction workers to find ways of working in areas where space is at a premium.
Mini-cranes like spider cranes are fast becoming a natural solution to these increasingly complex construction challenges. Spider cranes are loved across the world as they are an ingenious way to heavy lift in areas too small to gain access with a larger crane.
More versatile than your average sized crane, mini-cranes are capable of tackling the most demanding of construction projects in environments such as slopes, stairs and tight, confined spaces.
From 1 ton spider cranes that will fit through standard sized doorways to 6 ton spider cranes that will reach up to 22 metres high and can still be positioned or tracked through the tightest of spaces, there’s a spider crane that can always meet the toughest of demands.
Here are the 7 most common uses for the versatile, powerful spider crane.
- Confined and restricted spaces
This is where the spider crane really comes into its own. The spider crane can easily fold up and be tracked down tight corridors to reach an area with restricted access. In fact it’s known to frequently completed tough briefs in everywhere from art galleries to universities, museums, listed buildings and office blocks.
Need to lift sold steel in an area with limited headroom? It’s not a problem for a spider crane. A spider crane is the perfect tool if you require heavy lifting in between floors in a building, lifting anything from air conditioning units or wooden beams on to upper floors or dropping down lower levels.
The LIFT-094 is the smallest and most compact spider crane in our range and highly effective in confined space. Only 595mm wide and 1000kg in weight, it is the world’s smallest and lightest compact crane, ideal for manoeuvring into the tightest of working areas and capable of lifting almost a tonne with its 5.49m long boom and hook height of 5.6m.
- Rooftop operations
When you need heavy lifting work done on a rooftop that can only sustain a certain amount of weight, then the spider crane comes in particularly useful. The TC 30 trailer mini crane is a good match for any roof top operation. It’s light weight and compact size paired with its 30 metre reach and 360 rotation, makes it the ideal choice for any rooftop job.
There have been instances in the past when spider cranes have lifted other dismantled spider cranes onto high rooftops to avoid road closures and minimise disruption – now that’s impressive!
- Plant maintenance
A spider crane is ideal for production plant work. Not only will it deal well in the cramped conditions, it will also move and lift at seemingly impossible angles to get the job done. At 0.6m wide, the LIFT-095 is specifically designed for interior access and manoeuvres freely in tight spots. And if you add a searcher hook attachment, you can easily use the crane to access those hard to reach areas.
- Glass installation
Installing large sheets of glass is a delicate operation so when precision and finesse is needed, a spider crane is the only thing that will do. A spider crane will go beyond simply installing glass on a shop front. The special glass lifting vacuum attachment and lengthy boom reach means it can reach around the edges of buildings where access can be restricted. Lifting and installing glass in a canopy area with limited headroom is also something that a spider crane does very well that a larger crane can’t touch.
Spider cranes have been known to conquer the toughest exterior and interior office glazing jobs. One job in particular featuring a spider crane involved installing glazing in a gap of just 4 metres, separating office buildings from a nearby Metro line.
- Stone work
A spider crane can meet a range of projects involving stone, from domestic to commercial. Capable of lifting and repairing the largest of stones and concrete, a spider crane can be used on difficult landscape projects to lifting stone in a cemetery to repair headstones and monuments. Spider cranes are also just as effective when a lighter touch is required. By adding a fly jib attachment spider crane can skilfully and carefully lift precious stonework on listed buildings to high profile statues.
- Steel work
Spider cranes are the best choice for working with steel whenever the ground below is unable to withstand the weight of a larger crane. For installing steel staircases indoors then the spider crane is the perfect answer. With a 6 tonne capacity at 3m and a hook height of 19.5m, the LIFT-706 is powerful yet light enough to meet the demands of any steel job, and at just 1600mm wide is still narrow enough to gain access through a standard double doorway.
- Shopping mall installations
Thanks to their lifting strength and compact size, spider cranes are often used for working inside shopping malls and retail stores. Whether it’s an installation or a refurb with glass or with cladding, spider cranes are great for the job as they easily fit through single doors to lift heavy displays..
Spider cranes have been used in a number of the UK’s major shopping centres for glazing and construction work, such as Selfridges on Oxford Street in London, The Bullring in Birmingham, Trinity in Leeds and the Westfield shopping centres in Stratford London and Bradford.
Here at Lift ltd we offer a solution to all lift situations, with specialist lifting attachments and equipment to cater for the most complicated of construction projects. We offer bespoke rates for each contract to suit you, whether it’s a short 1 day job or for longer. For general enquiries, or to get a free no obligation quote, call our 24 hour helpline on 0788 525 0969.
HELPING SANTA 2016….
Working with Santa this year to stand Christmas Trees all over the land……….
It started with a phone call from Santa:
Imagine the surprise when Santa called the lift office with a genuine enquiry. “Ho Ho Ho, Can you help my elves to put up some Trees in time for Christmas please….” In typical LIFT MINICRANES fashion, we set to work on a plan to get a small spider crane into a building, and position in order to lift the 30ft Tree in stages so that it could be dressed as it stood up right.
We hope to be lifting a tree up in a town, or building near you before Christmas….
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.
One of the larger bells at Southwark Cathedral
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.
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.
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.
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….
Now you may have heard of “Tandem Lift” but this is a “Triple Lifting Operation”….
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….
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
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.
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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LIFT MINI CRANE HIRE were asked along to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry at the beginning of this month, to lend a hand with the replacement of the High Pressure Valves that fuel the central heating system for the hospital.
Upon initial survey, the task became apparent when we stepped inside the boiler room, beneath the network of pipes and steelwork to see the valves that need replacing.
The pressure then mounted somewhat when we were told that we only have a 4 hour window to replace a valve, due to the requirement of constant flow throughout the hospital.
Thankfully the MAEDA MC104 has a unique facility to be able to manipulate the outrigger legs, allowing the crane to be set-up in really awkward areas.
The pictures give you an idea of the versatility of the spider cranes, and how they can achieve a good lifting position, in the most restricted of areas….
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….
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.
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………