This month we celebrated the successful erecting of our Luffing crane on site – another milestone met to keep the construction programme on target.  The crane is hard not to miss, standing proudly on site, playing an essential role in moving materials across the site.

As with all our activities, the Project Team carefully planned the design, delivery and installation of the crane.  Our main contractors Osborne worked with specialist crane erectors to install the crane – stopping all other works on the project to allow for its safe installation.  Our ‘safety first’ culture informs all of our construction activities, including the production of detailed risk assessments and method statements.  We will carry out regular safety checks on the crane throughout its time on the project, including the testing and checking of the design of the crane base. 

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A Luffing crane is a versatile tower crane that will be used to transport heavy construction materials such as reinforcements and concrete to various work areas. The 55m long ‘jib’ (the horizontal beam attached to the main tower) can be used to lift weights ranging from 18.5t to 4.5t at its furthest point.  It has been designed so that it remains within the site boundary and will not over sail neighbouring properties.

At 24m it’s not quite the i-360 which looms over Brighton and Hove at 162m, but on a clear day the crane operative will be rewarded with some stunning views over our city, the South Downs and across the sea to the Rampion windfarm.

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