Frank Zammit, managing director and owner of Two Way Cranes, recently completed the acquisition of Gillespie Cranes – his second acquisition in as many years. Yet two years ago, Zammit faced every crane owners’ nightmare, and potential disaster, when fire ripped through his crane yard.

Two Way Cranes: The phoenix rises

Frank Zammit, managing director and owner of Two Way Cranes, recently completed the acquisition of Gillespie Cranes – his second acquisition in as many years. Yet two years ago, Zammit faced every crane owners’ nightmare, and potential disaster, when fire ripped through his crane yard. Read more

Cranes in place for Metro Tunnel excavation works

The first of three gantry cranes has been installed at the site of the future Parkville Station as part of the Victorian Government’s $11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project.

Crews have begun digging the 270-metre long and 30-metre-wide station box around 30 metres below Grattan street, between Leicester Street and Royal Parade.

Excavators will initially dig three metres deep, as a temporary deck of concrete and steel is built at surface level to limit the impacts of noise and dust.

When the excavation reaches around 15 metres deep, trucks will no longer be able to enter, meaning gantry cranes will be used to lower buckets through holes in the deck to collect rock and soil.

Cranes will then lower the material into trucks inside two acoustic sheds at surface level.

Each 20-metre-high crane will remove up to 35 tonnes of rock and soil from beneath the deck, while also lowering construction equipment and materials down onto the site.

All three cranes are expected to be installed by the end of February 2019.

More than 200,000 cubic metres of rock and soil is expected to be removed from the site in 2019, equivalent to around 80 Olympic swimming pools. Once complete, the station construction and fit out will begin underground.

More than 550 piles have been installed at Parkville to form the underground support structure for excavation to safely start.

The first train is expected to run through the tunnel in 2025.

Victorian Acting Premier James Merlino said significant work is ramping up at the site of the station.

“The Metro Tunnel will make travelling to the renowned Parkville health, education and research precinct easier than ever before, slashing travel times by up to 20 minutes in each direction,” he said.

Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the government is working on providing Victorians with project to improve transport infrastructure.

“We are undertaking a monumental engineering feat as part of the Metro Tunnel, including constructing new train stations deep beneath some of Melbourne’s busiest areas,” she said.

Investing to the Max in Cranes and People

Investing to the max in cranes and people

Max Crane & Equipment Hire (SA) Pty Ltd (Max Cranes) recently announced that it will be taking delivery of a 1200-tonne Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 AT crane in October 2018. This will be the largest AT crane owned and permanently based in Australia, and will allow contractors to plan and design around the availability of this crane and its impact on construction time and costs.

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Thomas Smith

The training wheels are off as infrastructure booms

The outlook for the remainder of 2018 in the crane industry is certainly promising across most states. Crane hirers are experiencing demand for services at levels not consistently seen for almost a decade with engineering construction, particularly government-funded infrastructure on the east coast, generating  immediate activity along with confidence to upgrade and expand crane fleets.

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Building a “city” in weeks

Building a “city” in weeks

From July 21 to 23, 2017, the Parklands at North Byron Bay hosted the three-day music festival Splendour in the Grass, attended by 32,500 people per day, and Coates Hire was an integral part of building the infrastructure that made the festival possible. Jan Arreza reports.

During the three-day event, the 267-hectare Parklands area at Yelgun in North Byron was host to three performance stages and a DJ area, as well as a designated camping ground that was home to some 20,000 campers.

The contractors who set-up the festival faced tight time constraints, having only three weeks to construct the small “city”, which had to be fitted out with power, water, dwellings and toilets. Then, at the conclusion of the event, there were only nine days allocated to pack up the entire temporary infrastructure. Read more