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Potain MR 295 tower cranes build Birmingham’s biggest office tower

Two Potain MR 295 luffing jib cranes are helping build one of the largest office towers in Birmingham, England.

Two Potain MR 295 luffing jib cranes are helping build one of the largest office towers in Birmingham, England.

The 16 t and 20 t capacity cranes have been on site since last October, aiding the construction of the concrete core and lifting and assembling steel girders to help build the tower’s steel frame and winter garden.

The cranes have been equipped with 40 m and 45 m jibs, giving the cranes a capacity of 6.1 t and 4.5 t, respectively.

The first crane was erected to 114.5 m and the second was erected on top of the concrete core, installed 100 m above ground level with a tip height of 162 m.

Potain MR 295 cranes feature a fixed counterweight to minimise moving parts and create a compact counter jib for work in confined city centres.

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“The customer needed a crane with the capacity and reach to meet the tough project specifications while also being compact enough to work in the limited space available,’’ Manitowoc Cranes UK Managing Director Kim Dandridge said.

The MR 295 was supplied for the project by Radius Group, the UK partners of NFT Specialised in Tower Cranes.

NFT Deputy General Manager Nagham Al Zahlawi said the Potain MR 295 fulfilled all the requirements.

“Building the steel frame will take around 36 weeks to complete and it means the cranes will have to lift more than 2200 t of steel. With the MR 295, the project is progressing rapidly,” Al Zahlawi.

“NFT and Radius Group see great potential in the British market and are constantly updating their fleet to meet any requirement.”

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