Gilan Holding are using four Liebherr luffing jib cranes to assist the building of the Crescent Hote

Gilan Holding are using four Liebherr luffing jib cranes to assist the building of the Crescent Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan-based construction company Gilan Holding is using two Liebherr 280 HC-L 12/24 and two 542 HC-L 18/36 Litronic luffing jib tower cranes to build a future landmark in the country's capital, Baku.

The four Liebherr luffers have been operating in Baku since the beginning of 2015 on the urban development project known as The Crescent Bay - a shopping centre covering an area of around 50,000 square metres with a residential complex of 100 apartments and 20 duplex terraced houses as well as a 38 storey office building.

The project was designed by South Korean agency Heerim Architects & Planners and has three parts, the Crescent Hotel, the Crescent City and the Crescent Place. The La Luna luxury hotel is to be built on a small artificial island that will reach 166 metres up in the air. Based on the half moon on the flag of Azerbaijan, the hotel will be shaped like a vertical sickle open at the bottom.

Gilan Holding chose the Litronic cranes because they could be climbed up the inside of the building, leaving space on the ground for other construction machinery, the company said.

The two 280 HC-Ls have a maximum hook height of 177 m, a radius of 35 m, a capacity of 11 tonnes at the jib head and a 110 kilowatt heavy duty hoist gear. The two 542 HC-L cranes have a radius of 50 m, a capacity at the jib head of 9.7 tonnes and a motor capacity of 160 kW to reach a hook height of 194 m. The entire reinforced concrete structure for the hotel will be erected using the four Liebherr cranes.

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