Five Wolffkrans work on Frankfurt skyscraper

By Sarah Ann McCay02 September 2012

Five Wolffkran machines are working on site at the TaunusTurm development in Frankfurt

Five Wolffkran machines are working on site at the TaunusTurm development in Frankfurt

German contractor Ed. Züblin AG has hired two Wolff 355 B luffing cranes and two 180 B cranes to assist in the construction of the 170 metre tall TaunusTurm skyscraper, under development on Neue Mainzer Strasse in Frankfurt.

In Frankfurt's central business district, the site has presented a number of challenges to the contractor, given the tight working radius afforded to the cranes due to the adjacent high-rise buildings. With a small rear tail swing radius, the Wolff machines are, therefore, suited to the task.

For the TaunusTurm project, the cranes are lifting loads of up to 14 tonnes up to a height of 170 m. To maintain stability they are anchored to the building from a height of 51 m upwards. The contractor is also using the Wolffkran HT 23 tower system.

The façade construction company Ruppert App has also rented a Wolff 180 B for its work on the construction site.

The 40 storey TaunusTurm is due for completion by mid-2014. The mixed-use development will include apartments, office space and restaurants.

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