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Grove GMK6300L-1 deployed on major hospital extension

Grove GMK6300L-1 all-terrain crane lifts a prefabricated module onto a hospital near Paris.

French crane hire company, AUTAA, has deployed its GMK6300L-1 all-terrain crane to assemble prefabricated modules for a local hospital’s extension.

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Recently acquired by the French company, the machine was immediately put to the test on its first job site, lifting 21-tonne modules into position at a 32m radius. According to Eric Grimaldi, Managing Director of AUTAA’s parent company, GCA Exceptional Lifting and Transport, the crane’s compact dimensions and quiet operation impressed from the outset, ensuring operations at the hospital continued with minimal impact from the expansion work.

“We are very impressed with our new GMK6300L-1; the crane was compact enough to fit in the limited space on the job site, ensuring minimal disruption to hospital operations and allowing the ambulance traffic to continue uninterrupted throughout the work,” he said. “Additionally, because the GMK6300L-1 has two engines including a smaller one in the superstructure, noise levels were kept to a minimum. It’s a crane that checks all the boxes.”


To complete the lifts, AUTAA configured the crane with 41.9m of boom and 74.5 tonnes of counterweight for the job. According to the manufacturer, the 300-tonne GMK6300L-1 all-terrain crane builds on the success of its predecessor, the GMK6300L. It offers even better lift capacities on its 80m boom and has an optional extension of up to 37m for a maximum tip height of 120m. There’s a flexible 26-tonne heavy roadable counterweight available with interchangeable slabs, for optimised logistic costs, while also featuring a Mercedes engine and fully automatic Allison transmission.

AUTAA was completing the lifts on the extension of the Saint Camille Hospital, in Bry-sur-Marne, 17km east of Paris.

GCA Exceptional Lifting and Transport operates from 11 facilities across France with a fleet of 110 mobile cranes and a team of 365 people.

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