Clark Cranes, the official Raimondi agent, has successfully deployed two Raimondi LRH174 hydraulic luffing jib cranes as part of the ongoing restoration project for the Parliament of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
Over the past 15 years, Clark Cranes has established itself as a valued partner of Raimondi Cranes, managing operations in the Victoria district. The company is proud to have supplied one of its most sought-after crane models from their fleet to the project contractors, O’Connor & Sons and Harris HMC.
Michael Clark, the Managing Director of Clark Cranes, expressed his pride in contributing to the restoration of this iconic Melbourne landmark. He stated, “It is an honor for us to participate in the restoration of such a valuable landmark for the city of Melbourne by deploying two of our machines.”
The extensive refurbishment of the Parliament building has been carried out in multiple stages over the past decade. The two LRH174 luffing cranes were strategically installed at different phases by the skilled commissioning team at Clark Cranes. The first crane was erected in 2019, followed shortly by the installation of the second crane in 2020.
Both LRH174 cranes were placed on a ballast base with a final configuration featuring a 36-meter mast and a maximum radius of 50 meters. These 10-ton luffers boast a tip load capacity of 2.25 tons and can achieve a maximum lifting speed of 190 meters per minute, thanks to their 45kW hoisting gear with a drum capacity of 600 meters.
To minimize disruptions at the busy government site, the decision to mount the cranes on a ballast base was crucial. This approach eliminated the need for extensive excavation work required for permanent footings. Additionally, the LRH174’s hydraulic luffing system operates quietly compared to traditional mechanical luffers.
The LRH174 is designed for ease of installation, contributing to efficient onsite operations. Ground-level assembly of the crane’s jib, hoisting winch, and rope reeving streamlines the process. Notably, the LRH174’s compact 10-meter out-of-service boom is ideal for narrow jobsites, and its hydraulic system ensures smooth and swift luffing movement.
Michael Clark noted the increasing demand for luffing jib cranes like the LRH174, particularly in projects with oversailing issues where the 10-meter out-of-service radius proves invaluable during decision-making.
As the Parliament restoration project nears its final stage, both LRH174 cranes will be dismantled in the coming months. They are slated for reallocation to two other jobsites at the start of 2024, showcasing their versatility and adaptability in meeting diverse construction needs.