The biggest luffing jib tower crane in the UK – and one of the
biggest in Europe – is gracing the Edinburgh skyline. It was erected just
before Christmas to provide a highly efficient work horse in the construction
of the £1bn Edinburgh St James shopping centre, which is being built by Laing
At the site in Edinburgh, where Laing O’Rourke has been working
for just over a year on the demolition works before moving in to the
construction phase, the Terex CTL 1600-66 will be one of 8 tower cranes on the
site. It has a lifting capacity of 66 tonnes, around four to five times larger
than the average tower crane and a 75m jib length. The crane will be used in
conjunction with the 7 other cranes on site as part of a carefully coordinated
The crane’s huge capacity and lifting radius will mean it can lift
and install the largest of loads that will be used on the project. Not only
that, it will be used to erect and dismantle 4 other tower cranes on the
project. Finally, it will feed the other cranes on site, lifting large DfMA
components arriving on ‘flat racks’ from the company’s state of the art
manufacturing facilities in Worksop and Oldbury, and transporting them to other
areas of the site where the project’s other tower cranes will complete the
installation; making the CTL 1600-66 a key component of the project’s entire
The CTL 1600-66 crane is one of two such models in the fleet of
Laing O’Rourke’s Select Plant Hire and is a key asset in the Group’s ambition to
modernise the construction industry with its innovative approach to Design for
Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA).
The government says it will favour offsite manufacturing on all
publicly funded construction projects from 2019 and will use its purchasing
power to drive modern methods of construction across capital projects.
DfMA 70:60:30 places a greater emphasis on lifting and hook time
on site and it is important that DfMA components are designed with a crane’s
lifting capacity in mind. Vice versa, Select’s lifting specialists are working
with crane manufacturers, Terex to ensure their new products are aligned to the
demands that offsite construction puts on lifting operations.
“As well as having high-quality equipment, Select’s reputation is
based on having unparalleled engineering expertise and the most skilled
operations teams. This expertise is constantly being enhanced by people
development initiatives such as our Lifting Technician apprenticeship for crane
drivers and our lifting engineer graduate scheme” explains Mark Herlihy,
business leader, Select Lifting Solutions.
“As a lifting team, it’s incredibly exciting to be at the
forefront of innovation, introducing new cranes such as the CTL 1600-66 and
putting them to use of some of the most exciting projects currently under
construction in the UK.
“The CTL 1600-66 is the latest manifestation of that approach and
it really is enabling our team at Edinburgh St James to deliver a high quality solution,
safely and efficiently for our client.”
Prior to the Edinburgh project the crane was used in the
construction of the South Stand expansion at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium
and in May 2018, Select’s other CTL 1600-66 crane will be erected on the
Battersea Power station site, where it is one of 17 cranes being hired by the
project’s main construction contractor.