Construction company Morgan Sindall has deployed one of Europe’s tallest cranes to lift the sub-cab section of Manchester Airport’s newly constructed £16 million (US$24.9m) air traffic control tower.
The 800 tonne, 295ft (90m)-high crane lifted the section 197ft (60m) into the air before guiding it to its final position on top of the tower shaft. The crane took four days to build but the lift was completed in less than two hours.
The 168 tonne sub-cab is the equivalent size of a four-storey house and the tower shaft was constructed in nine days using the slipform technique.
Morgan Sindall’s Area Director Jim Morgan commented: “This was a very serious phase of a major project which required months of planning. The crane itself is a very serious piece of kit and had to be brought to the site in 25 articulated lorries and assembled by six smaller cranes. The lift was a smooth operation and we even got a break in the weather which meant the spectators got a great view of a pretty unique construction event.”
Mr Morgan also said that he was looking forward to when the tower becomes operational in spring 2013.
The company began work on the £7 million ($10.9m) contract in December 2011. Once completed, the tower – which provides 360-degree panoramic views across the entire airfield – will house a visual control room, an approach radar section and navigation, surveillance and communication equipment.