The 15,000 square metre site is being converted into a new university and mixed-use development

The 15,000 square metre site is being converted into a new university and mixed-use development

French construction contractor EAB put four Potain tower cranes to work at the development of a former jail in Lyon, France.

The prison site covers 15,000 square metres and is being converted into a new university and mixed-use development. The project includes the construction of seven new buildings and the renovation of four existing buildings. Several others are being demolished.

On site are two 10 tonne capacity MDT 268 A and a 12 tonne capacity Potain MD 238 top slewing tower crane. The cranes have been configured with heights up to 60 metres and full jibs up to 67.5 m. The fourth Potain on site is a 4 tonne capacity Igo 50 self erector with 40 m jib.

Potain partner Valente Assistance supplied the cranes. They are working six days a week, lifting general construction materials and equipment.

Jean-Pierre Chignard at EAB, said, “This job site requires the utmost care and attention – added to that is the fact we are in the middle of a busy city and working to a tight deadline,” he said. “These Potain cranes are crucial to our success. We have used Potain tower cranes for many years and are confident in their ability to deliver to the high standards we demand. I am pleased to see the project is moving ahead on schedule.”

The project is scheduled for completion on 2017. It will house a new university, shops, restaurants, a library and residential apartments.

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