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Tight squeeze for

Grove crane in

London

City Lifting has completed its first job with

its new Grove GMK6300L, which arrived

in September 2014. The 300 t capacity all-

terrain crane carefully manoeuvred into a

tight, downtown job site in London, to

perform a series of lifts that few other

cranes could have completed without

rigging a fly jib.

The job was at Great Ormond Street

Hospital, where five air handling units

had to be installed on the roof of a nine-

story building. Each unit weighed up to

4 t and was lifted at a radius of up to 54

m – a relatively simple task.

However, the job site’s central Lon-

don location meant there was no space to rig a fly

jib, so all lifts had to be completed using only the

crane’s main boom.

To add to the complications, the team arrived

on site to discover a large hole had been dug in the

small access road directly outside the courtyard.

Trevor Jepson, owner of City Lifting said:

“Cranes and holes do not mix but the

GMK6300L has a relatively small footprint

and all-wheel steering, which allowed us

to manoeuvre the crane into the smallest

of spaces with the narrowest of margins.

It then completed all of the lifts in a single

day.“

Grove (Manitowoc)

MV Kelly Put

Trust in Hitachi

Excavators

Contractor, MV Kelly, will take delivery of more than

130 new Hitachi mini and medium excavators in

2014 in response to rising demand from the house

building sector

The company is investing more than £8 million

in a wide range of mini and medium Zaxis models –

ranging from the ZX29U-3 to the ZX250LC-5 – that

will increase the total size of its Hitachi fleet to 250

machines.

Almost 1,200 Hitachi excavators

Vince and John Kelly founded the civil engineering

and building company 19 years ago in Birmingham.

Since then, the company has purchased almost

1,200 excavators from HCMUK to carry out

residential groundworks, roads and sewers, and

associated infrastructure work for the UK’s major

housebuilders.

Approximately 75% of the new Zaxis machines

are direct replacements for the existing fleet that

has reached the end of MV Kelly’s strict three-year

replenishment cycle. The remaining 25% represent

the need to manage the increased workload and

will replace rented machines that were temporarily

drafted in to meet demand.

Hitachi Construction Machinery

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