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Tower Crane Back on the University Sky Line

Unloading the lorries and beginning to erect the tower crane.

This is the base of the machine, it is placed in an exact position on the base and levelled by an engineer. As soon as this is completed the rest of the tower sections can be placed on it.

The crane is up and ready to be inspected and certified safe to use.

26 August 2016

Tower crane arrives for construction project to refurbish and extend the Fry Building

The construction project to refurbish and extend the Fry Building has now reached a critical stage. Over the weekend of the 13th-14th August, Balfour Beatty, the University’s main contractor, delivered a tower crane to site, which is now erected and in full use.

The crane marks the start of the construction phase which will see the provision of a new build; atrium, lecture theatre, and associated teaching and learning spaces in the courtyard between the Fry Building and the Wills Memorial Building. This space was formally occupied by a variety of dilapidated out buildings which were demolished in an earlier phase of the project. 

Paul Cooper, Deputy Head of Capital Projects and with responsibility for the management of the Fry Project commented: “The crane stands at 55 metres above Woodland Road, with a lifting height of 50.9 meters under the hook. It has a 55 meter long jib and is capable of lifting a maximum of 8 tonnes. The crane is anchored into the ground with 90 tonnes of concrete ballast weights and also has 19.1 tonnes of ballast at the rear section of the jib. The crane was erected by using an additional 200 tonne mobile crane. A cruciform base was constructed and then each section of the tower crane was lifted into position.  The rear section of the jib was last to be lifted and counter weights were installed”. 

The crane is now in full use, carrying the insignia of the University of Bristol on one side and the contractor Balfour Beatty on the other. 

Patrick Finch, Bursar and Director of Estates commented: “We are making really substantial progress now on this exciting project. As well as the start of the new build phase, the renovation of the historic building itself is progressing at pace. Together with the construction of a new extension to the Queens Engineering Building on the other side of Woodland Road, the University is investing £48million in the ongoing revitalisation of the Clifton Campus. I look forward to seeing both of these projects completed by the end of the summer of 2017”.