Birmingham Library

FPP Versalift In Tight Squeeze To Ingress Plant Room Equipment Into The Basement At The New Birmingham Library

We were invited to tender by Cofely Industrial Energy to provide Managed Contract lifts over a number of visits to ingress and place 2 – Boilers 11,000kg each, 1 – CHP Engine 9,200kg, 3 – Trane chillers 9,600kg each and 1 Thermax Chiller 5,500kg to positions within the basement plant room of the New Birmingham Library.

This was an exceptionally challenging site amidst Centenary Square one of the busiest area’s in the City and, like many, had a challenging construction programme to deliver against.

Access to the site was severely restricted, steel road plates were deployed to protect the pedestrian walkway and significant shoring up of the underside of the boiler house floor was carried out in order to withstand the axle loadings imposed by the Versalift rigging truck.

With each item stripped of its auxiliary components, our 40-60 Versalift was just able to complete each lifting operation into the basement plant room utilising special ‘low headroom’ spreader beams designed and procured by us during the planning phase for the job.

In developing a safe system of work coupled with the specific skills and capabilities of the install team we once again demonstrated that we are well versed in the requirements needed to deliver for our customers.

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