Liebherr cranes in the first line at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

More than twenty Liebherr mobile and crawler cranes are in action on the refurbishment of the Bernabéu football stadium in Madrid. Crane contractor Gruas Aguilar has, at times, had 18 Liebherr mobile and crawler cranes on the site with lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 1200 tonnes. “Winning the order for the crane work at the Bernabéu was not only a routine job for us, but also a great challenge”, says Luis Aguilar, owner of Gruas Aguilar. “The logistics and planning required for all these cranes in all different sizes was enormous. From the compact LTC 1050-3.1 and LRT 1100-2.1 rough-terrain crane to the LTM 11200-9.1, there was a full team on the pitch”, adds Aguilar and continues: “Obviously, we were reliant on the usual competent, fast response from Liebherr-Iberica’s after-sales service team.” 

The three-man formation consisting of an LR 1600/2 and an LR 1600/2-W from Gruas Aguilar, together with an LR 1800-1.0 from Eurogruas 2000, produced a strong performance. They were on site permanently from June to December 2020 carrying out a wide variety of hoisting work. The gigantic heavy girders for the roof structure, in particular, had to be hoisted into position. 

The working conditions in the centre of the city immediately next to the arterial Paseo de la Castellana road were very complex due to the highly constricted space available, heavy loads and large radii. “We were completely reliant on the flexibility of the derrick ballast”, says Eurogruas 2000’s Project Manager, Jose Garcia and Juan Ayora. “The V-Frame enabled us to position loads weighing between 40 and 213 tonnes with a very wide range of radii safely and precisely without having to move the crane on the site.” The experienced crane contractor simulated every hoist in detail on a computer beforehand with the site team. Garcia and Ayora continue: “The teams from Liebherr-Iberica and Liebherr in Ehingen meant we had excellent, successful teamwork, particularly configuring the booms and planning the hoists.”

By 2022, the Bernabéu will be an ultramodern stadium with a hydraulically adjustable roof structure, lowering hybrid turf and new shopping, business and leisure facilities. The façade can be illuminated during the hours of darkness using LEDs in a wide range of scenarios. There is a promenade around the entire structure at the top of the façade which provides a panoramic view of life in the neighbouring streets and the sporting excellence or events taking place in the stadium itself.