To search, type and hit enter.

ALE’s largest and smallest cranes operate in London at the same time

ALE’s largest and smallest cranes operate in London at the same time

As part of ALE’s largest crane fleet, the AL.SK190 was working for specialist contractor Keltbray on the Earls Court project, whilst the company’s most compact crane, the Lightweight Service Crane, was working in Stratford to lift building maintenance unit (BMU) components.

The AL.SK190 crane, which is 120m tall and has the capacity to lift 4,300t, is being deployed to lift portal beams out from above the London Underground system. The crane was specifically chosen as the optimum engineering solution and the method has been designed to minimise the impact on local residents, to help reduce the carbon footprint of the project and will significantly shorten the enabling works timescales by two years. ALE made history in June when undertaking the largest single lift undertaken in the UK by a land based crane of a beam weighing 1,500t – the equivalent of 118 London buses – in just 2.5 hours.

Speaking about the record breaking lift at Earls Court, Ronnie Adams, Senior Project Manager for ALE, said: “Operationally, this crane can achieve lifts previously unachievable and reinforces the innovation seen throughout the whole project. By all of the partners working closely together, we have managed to perform the lifts succinctly and progress ahead of schedule.”

In the north-east of the city ALE used its latest innovation, the Lightweight Service Crane, for the first time to lift BMU components, weighing between 1t – 3.5t, onto a roof 124m high.

As it is fully designed out of light modular parts that can be assembled by hand it is ideal for use on projects where space is limited and access is difficult, like the high-rise building in Stratford, which was located in a congested and busy area.
“As a large crawler crane would’ve required a road closure, our Lightweight Service Crane was the only possible solution that avoided disruptions,” explained Patrick van der Ent, Account Manager – Offshore Handling Services.

All of the lifts were executed in just one day, with the preparation, mobilisation and demobilisation taking only one week to complete. This crane has now left London and the AL.SK190 continues to work at the Earls Court project.

You may also like:

DAF XF gives extra lift to Askey fleet

H.Askey Transport has taken delivery of a DAF XF 480 6×2 tractor with single-mounted trailing axle, plus a PM 38.5SP crane to increase the ...

Modulift beams integral to preserving unique Southampton heritage

Three Modulift spreader beams were used in a one-over-two configuration beneath the hook of a 350t capacity mobile crane to remove the historic ...

Collaborative success as ALE and Conbit reach half-way milestone on world’s largest wind farm project

As part of a collaborative scope for one of the biggest offshore wind farms in the world, ALE and their Conbit operation have reached the ...

DAF Trucks opens new UK Headquarters

DAF Trucks UK held an official opening ceremony this week to celebrate its recent move to a new head office facility in Haddenham. The £20 ...

Announcement

HeavyTorque White Logo

It is with regret, that the HeavyTorque team have decided to take a stand based on an industry-wide ‘blind eye’ to the waste in the magazine and periodicals business.

HeavyTorque (#15, July 2018) was the final issue to grace the shop shelves, both on the High Street and across the travel network. As part of our onward strategy to adapt, HeavyTorque will now be distributed exclusively through controlled circulation and available through printed subscription.

Please note, this change will only affect newsstand purchasers. There will be no change for our loyal print subscribers.

Why the newsstand change? Quite simply, we can no longer (in good conscience) participate in a distribution programme that creates such an inherent waste of our precious natural resources – and money.

For those of you who have enjoyed HeavyTorque from the newsstand, we sincerely appreciate your business – and we would hope that you’ve enjoyed the magazine enough to consider a direct subscription?

Single Issues

If you prefer to purchase individual issues (one at a time), you will still have the ability to do so, both online (via the website), or by calling our offices +44 (0) 1572 3450872. Orders for single issues received before the pre-publication deadline will be mailed along with the subscribers.

Current and Back Issues

Our website also caters for those looking to purchase back issues. To browse Back Issue availability, follow this link: https://www.heavytorque.co.uk/shop/

Annual Subscription (UK/Europe and Rest of the World)

Never miss a beat, and keep up with every issue of the magazine via an annual subscription. To purchase your annual subscription, please visit: https://www.heavytorque.co.uk/subscribe/

It remains our objective, philosophy, and goal to provide our readers with the best content available, together with stunning feature photography. We do hope you will continue to support our venture!