Grúas del Vallés, a crane rental company in Barcelona, Spain, is in the second phase of construction work for an extension and upgrade at the Hospital del Mar, the local general hospital. The company is using two Grove GMK5150L all-terrain cranes on the project to handle lifting work.

The facility is undergoing remodeling and expansion, which is expected to last six months. As part of the project, several old buildings have been demolished while new ones are constructed – all with the help of the two Grove cranes.

The cranes have been supporting construction work that runs 24 hours a day over three shifts. The 150 t capacity GMK5150L all-terrain cranes are rigged with 44.5 t of counterweight and are handling loads ranging from 3 to 21 t. Their tasks include handling lifts for a new nine-story precast concrete building.

Marc Gelabert, manager at Grúas del Vallés, said the cranes were perfectly matched to the demands of the project: “The biggest challenge is accessing all the lifting areas as the jobsite is congested, but the two Grove cranes have performed excellently. They are perfectly suited to the job with their compact dimensions and strong load charts, both at short radii and when the boom is extended. In the final stages of the project, working space is greatly reduced and the cranes have to move frequently, sometimes by just a few centimetres. But our team is very pleased with the versatility and performance of the GMK5150L cranes.”