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Topless tower cranes dominate Milan skyline

Raimondi's topless tower cranes are building a new office for BFF Banking Group in Milan, Italy.

Two Raimondi topless tower cranes – the MRT102 and MRT213 – have been installed to construct new offices in Milan, Italy.

Installed by official Raimondi­ Cranes agent, Assistedile Srl, the new topless tower cranes will help construct the new offices for European specialty finance company, BFF Banking Group.

Located in a central area and partially flanked by major roads, the scheduling of the delivery and installation of each machine needed detailed planning with the relevant local authorities. The limited surface area of the site, also excavated to a depth of 7m, required extensive site planning to determine what would be the best positioning of the cranes to enhance their productivity, with Assistedile CEO, Luciano Friso, emphasising the importance of the Raimondi cranes being on the project.

“2023 has been a tremendous year for us, with Assistedile participating in important developments in the city of Milan, in addition to projects across northern Italy,” he said. “The deployment of these two additional Raimondi cranes marks another significant achievement for our company.”

Estimated to be rented out for around a year, the MRT102 was installed on a ballast base in May 2023. With a final configuration of 50m height under the hook and a jib length of 48m, the crane has been chosen as the supporting machine in the construction phase of the structural works, which includes lifting and installing reinforced concrete and metal carpentry.

“The MRT213, which will remain onsite until completion of the project, is erected on foundation elements GR6 at a freestanding height of 77m and with a jib length of 60m,” said Friso. “With a hoist power of 45kW, the topless crane can lift at a maximum speed of 90m per minute resulting in excellent and effective performance.”

The project is part of the Portello area’s re-urbanization development and is planned to have facilities for 500 staff members, an urban garden, an auditorium, and a contemporary museum accessible to public. Upon completion, the project is intended to be one of the most eco-friendly buildings in Milan, according to Raimondi.

Raimondi’s tower cranes are distributed exclusively by Clark Cranes in Victoria and Queensland, and by Strictly Cranes in NSW.


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