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Spierings crane shows its capabilities

21 Jul 11 City Lifting deployed its Spierings SK 1265 AT6 truck-mounted tower crane to install pre-cast reinforced concrete staircases and landings on a project for main contractor Killby & Gayford in London’s West End.

Stairs lifted in at  the Photographers’ Gallery. Photo by Kate Elliott.
Stairs lifted in at the Photographers’ Gallery. Photo by Kate Elliott.

The lift was part of an £8.7m contract that the London-based contractor is undertaking at the Photographers’ Gallery in Ramillies Street.

The design and build project will create three floors of new gallery space, new educational areas, a street level cafe and bar, a shop in the basement and a new passenger lift, fire escape and staircase. The completed structure will comprise of a basement and six stories.

The four flights of staircases and two landings were manufactured off-site by Milbank.

The works started in November 2010 and are due for completion later this year.

The project team includes architect ADP, quantity surveyor Huntley Cartwright and structural engineer Morrish. More

City Lifting reports that its Spierings truck-mounted tower cranes are much in demand, thanks to their quick set up time and ability to get close to a building and lift up and over – combining the best features of tower cranes and telescopic mobiles. The current fashion for wealthy London homeowners to excavate basements to extend downwards has generated work for machines that are perfect for lifting loads – often ranging from excavators to hot tubs - from street level into back gardens.

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