Unic works on Scotland’s canals

23 October 2013

The Unic mini crane works alongside the waterway’s new landmark, two towering horse’s head sculpture

The Unic mini crane works alongside the waterway’s new landmark, two towering horse’s head sculptures named The Kelpies

A Unic mini spider crane, sent by GGR Group’s Blantyre-based Scottish division, helped with lifting work at The Helix project near Falkirk, Scotland, UK.

The 3 tonne capacity URW-506 mini crane was used to install four lock gates, walkways and hand rails alongside the canal lock and basin at the mouth of the Forth & Clyde canal. The largest of the gates weighed 2.5 tonnes and measured 3.5 metres wide.

The Helix project is a £43 million project to create a public space, including an events area, wetland and a lagoon. Included in the project was also a kilometre of canal extension and a new lock system, a company spokesperson said. The project is part of a partnership between Scottish Canals and Falkirk Council.

Next to the site is the waterway’s new landmark, two towering horse’s head sculptures named The Kelpies. The 30 m high sculptures, designed by artist Andy Scott, weigh 300 tonnes each.

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