Alimak Hek hoist speeds up London tower construction
By Sarah Ann McCay12 June 2013
Alimak Hek is providing construction hoists for The Tower in London, UK, which is set to be one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe.
The hoists, including a 5500 kg Scando unit, have been supplied to contracting and development company Brookfield Multiplex Europé.
Included are two Alimak Scando 650 FC-S 100m/min high-speed construction hoists, designed to speed up construction time and save costs. Full height transit time on The Tower has been reduced to 90 seconds. The hoists have a safe working payload of 3,200 kg.
Alimak has also supplied the Scando FC TM 55/46 hoist with a safe working payload of 5500 kg.
All three hoists work in conjunction with a common tower system, which is manufactured from aluminium alloy to minimise weight and has a compact 5 x 5 m footprint. This access system allows all material and personnel transportations to be concentrated in one area, which streamlines loading efficiency at ground level, said the company.
As only the common tower and not the hoists are tied directly to the building, it means external cladding can be applied to the whole building during construction with the exception of the 4.5 m access openings at each level. As a result there are fewer panels to replace at the end of the project, which speeds up de-rigging.
Currently under construction in South London, The Tower, One St George Wharf will be 185 m high, making it one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe.