Tallest construction crane in Victoria’s history to rise in Vic West
After five months of dynamiting a rocky outcropping overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour, excavation for the City of Victoria’s tallest building, the 21-storey (66.3 meter tall) Promontory tower in Vic West, is finally nearing completion.
But before construction crews can get to work and actually begin building the tower, a construction crane, and in this case perhaps the tallest such crane ever erected in Victoria, will first be assembled.
The German-built Liebherr free-standing construction crane will hover above workers at a height equal to two-thirds of Mount Tolmie, or 83.8 meters. The crane’s operator will sit a little lower at 74.7 meters.
“It is very, very likely this crane will be the tallest ever erected [in Victoria],” confirmed Ian MacKenzie of Axiom Builders, a Burnaby-based construction contractor in charge of the Promontory project.
In the 1960’s when Victoria’s current tallest tower (22-storey Orchard House) was constructed it would have been with the use of a climbing crane. The way that technology works is the crane rises with the growing tower and always hovers two or three floors above the floorplate. Using hydraulic lifts, the crane climbs just high enough to give crews the space they need to work. Even at it’s full raised height, though, it is doubtful the crane would have stood anywhere near 84 meters above ground.
At the Promontory site the giant Liebherr will be free-standing, meaning it will be erected to full height from the start of construction and stay at that height until disassembly in early 2014. This will give the public a sense of the final tower’s height at build-out well ahead of its scheduled completion date.
Those wanting to observe the crane erection should expect activity in the second or third week of June, said MacKenzie. He adds that the process will be a “sight to behold” as individual pieces of the mast are bolted together followed by attaching the slewing unit (the component that allows the crane to rotate) and finally placing the elongated boom (which allows for horizontal movement of the crane’s pulley). The entire erection process — weather permitting — will likely take two days to complete. VV
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Mike K.May 18, 2013 at 9:32 am
Quote: Here is the latest Promontory time lapse pictures for you guys, these pictures are up to the 11th floor. Please let me know if the link is ok as I may have goofed up. Thank you.
Thanks, Leslie. Is there a way to view the photos as part of a montage or only individually?
LJMay 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm
I see references to townhomes associated with the Promontory, is there renderings of those somewhere?
SparkyMay 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm
Sunset behind the crane tonight.
leslie64May 21, 2013 at 8:59 am
Quote: Thanks, Leslie. Is there a way to view the photos as part of a montage or only individually?
I was thinking about that myself and was wondering what program I can use other than windows slid show to flip through the pictures at a rate that works and then record it. I will see if I can use slide show or something else to do that and see if I like the results. Maybe someone reading this has an idea how to do this and can tell me how. I will try though so look back here in a day or two to see if I did it ok.
Cheers and have a great day all. :wave: