Bennetts erects Raimondi LR213 in London

23 January 2018 by Sotiris Kanaris


A new Raimondi LR213 luffing crane was erected by Bennetts Cranes to be used for the construction of a HUB Group mixed-use development in London, UK.

Located in the heart of Wembley, the project includes a 21 storey and a 26 storey block.There will be 239 apartments, retail space with commercial use, and a community centre with car and cycle parking.

The LR213, purchased by Henry Construction, was erected freestanding with 83m of tower and a 44.5m jib over a period of two days, immediately followed by testing and inspections.

The crane is scheduled to be operational onsite for approximately two years, and will be used to lift falsework/formwork, concrete skips, rubbish skips, and boat skips. During the later parts of the construction program, the crane will be put to work lifting bricks, blocks, plasterboard and other site materials as required.

Edward Seager, founder and managing director at Bennetts, said: “With the crane free standing 83m and including four different types of tower sections within the tower build, we were pleased to complete the full crane erection in two days. This indicates a smooth and timely installation; a credit to Raimondi’s quality manufacturing. In addition, Raimondi’s headquarters also flew in a technician who remained onsite with the Bennetts team for the duration of the installation process.”

The LR213 has an out-of-service radius of 17.6m with a 44.5m jib which was paramount in ensuring the client did not encroach on any neighbouring properties, Seager explained regarding innovative solution application on the jobsite.

“We are encountering this issue more often, especially in and around London. The ability to park at 17.6m when out of service and freestand to the height of 83m made the LR213 the perfect choice for the job. It avoids oversailing with the neighbours, and avoids having to tie into the building thereby preventing any complications for our client.”