Allied London’s £73 million No.1 Spinningfields building has made its mark on the Manchester skyline with the erection of the first of three tower cranes that will go up on the project before Christmas.
BAM’s construction of the 117 metre tall crane began in the early hours of Saturday morning and by Sunday evening it was complete. The crane will remain in place for 63 weeks and when it is taken down it will have climbed twice to a height of 165 metres, just four metres below Manchester’s tallest landmark, Beetham Tower.
The process drew a crowd of onlookers throughout the day who marvelled at the scale of the operation and in particular the team involved who were working at height.
Tony Grindrod, the construction director for BAM, said:
“This is a big milestone for the project and its great that people are so interested in what we’re doing here. Our team did a fantastic job of getting the crane up over the weekend in the heart of the city centre with minimal disruption. Workers from our subcontractor, Select Plant, certainly showed their bravery to people in Manchester while working at such a height, and we would like to reassure people that they are fully trained and extremely well experienced in all the required safety precautions, remaining fully harnessed at all times.”