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Contractors World Vol 2 No 5 Edinburgh-First glazing gets moved into positionSCOTLAND
Edinburgh railway station breaks the pane barrier

One year on from the start of the project, UK’s Network Rail has installed the first of 28,000 panes of glass into Waverley Station’s new roof.

Part of a $212 million (£130m) project to redevelop Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, the new roof will see steelwork restored and replaced and clear glazing installed across the structure’s entire 34,000 m² span.

To date, project contractors, led by Balfour Beatty have focused on creating a safe platform for the workforce to operate from. While over 23 million passengers a year go about their business, a workforce of 130 work above their heads.

The working platform is supported by scaffolding and encapsulated to prevent dust and noise polluting the station environment. From that location, the project team can strip away old glazing, abrasive grit blast the steel work to strip off old layers of paint and install the structure which will support the new glazing.

Ron McAulay, Network Rail Director, Scotland commented: “Getting the first pane of glass installed is a real landmark moment for this project. Regular users of Waverley will see just how much work has been undertaken already just to enable us to get access to the roof and to create a safe working environment. Ultimately, the goal of this project is to create a brighter, better station for passengers.

The project will see all of the old glazing on the roof replaced including a large section made of clear plastic sheeting, the result of a low cost temporary fix made twenty years ago. The last remnants of an old footbridge will also be removed.

Ken Brown, Project Manager, Balfour Beatty said “The project team as a whole is delighted to be upgrading this iconic landmark for Network Rail. It’s a complex process working in Scotland’s largest station while it continues to operate. The team is working almost 24 hours a day to ensure that over 60,000 people can carry on using the station every day.

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Twelve Potain self-erecting cranes and Grove all-terrain cranes shared the majority of lift work on a 50 million redevelopment of a remote military training base in Bulgaria.BULGARIA
Manitowoc cranes in military redevelopment

Twelve Potain self-erecting cranes and Grove all-terrain cranes shared the majority of lift work on a €50 million redevelopment of a remote military training base in Bulgaria.

The cranes had to travel over 400 km from the Sofia headquarters of Manitowoc dealer Euromarket Group, Bulgaria’s largest supplier of construction equipment. Once at the project, the cranes frequently moved to cover various jobs over the base’s 144 km² area.

Bojan Spasov, sales manager at Euromarket Group, said "On this project we moved each Potain crane to five or six different locations. The Grove ATs were also easy to move because their suspension allows them to travel virtually anywhere."

The cranes provided general lift services to construct 75 buildings on the project between early 2010 and March this year. Included in the 75 buildings were 23 barracks, a chapel, post office and fitness centre. Construction also included several administrative, maintenance and medical facilities.






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