Liebherr 200 EC-Hs at work in Hong Kong

With a planned development for nine towers, Paul Y has started Phase 2 with construction on five towers with four Liebherr 200 ECH tower cranes providing site lifting duties. It follows completion by Able Contracting for the developments first four towers; once again using four Liebherr 200 EC-H tower cranes.

The complete development covers a 3.2 ha area and by completion it will provide a total of 3,772 apartments, each with an average area of 62.8 sq m for developers Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd.

The towers are being built on a podium slab 10 m above the street level bus terminus. The five Paul Y towers include two with 67 floors and three with 66 floors.

Two of the 200 EC-H cranes are built with a 40m (131ft) jib, one has a 35 m jib and the fourth a 30m jib. Similarly two include a 40 m hook height and two with 48 m height; all have a final height of 220m (722ft).

All four cranes feature a 10t maximum lifting capacity, which was suited to lifting pre-cast façade panels complete with windows, weighing between seven and nine tonnes.

Throughout construction the contractor is hoping to improve on the specified 4-day floor cycle with help from the Liebherr cranes on a 13 month contract.

The cranes were sold by local distributor Shriro Machinery.

The project represented the first for Able Contractors in this classification and follows its upgrading allowing the company to bid for higher category projects. Although founded more than 10 years ago the contractor, based in Kowloon, has become increasingly active over recent years since becoming part of Vantage Holdings Group of companies.