Skanska is gearing up for the steelwork phase at its Swiss Re tower project by bringing in a new tower crane capable of lifting up to 24 tonnes.
The Italian built Comedil CTL630-24, a bespoke design that is the largest of its type by Comedil, lifts up to 24 tonnes at a 30 metre radius and 9.4 tonnes at 60 metres. With foundation work nearly complete, the crane will play a key role in the erection of Swiss Re’s 180 metre high steel frame, which starts in mid October.
The crane’s design and manufacture took only nine months and was bought from Select Tower Cranes. Complete with a 60 metre jib, it will free stand to a height of 60 metres before self-climbing up Swiss Re tower to a height of 160 metres.
This is the third tower crane on the project which is scheduled for practical completion in late 2003. Located in the City of London, the 40-storey Swiss Re tower, with its distinctive curved form design and glass cladding, will be one of the most striking features on the capital’s skyline.