Rising To The
Ancient Art Treasure
A HEK TPL 500 Transport Platform played a vital
role in transport of men and materials during the
restoration of the façade and the lantern at the
ancient Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence,
With a lifting height of 24 meters, the trans-
port platform was used to transport people and
materials on nine different levels of the scaffolding cov-
ering the outer walls of the monument.
The restoration is financed by the Opera di Santa
Maria del Fiore. The project, which has a cost of approx-
imately two million Euros, will eliminate deposits of
pollutants and help consolidate the marble elements.
The Florence Baptistery is one of the most ancient
churches in the city.
HEK TPL Transport Platforms are specifically designed
for smaller construction projects with limited space and
where less payload capacity is required.
Payload capacities vary from 300 to 2,000 kg and the
machines are available in five different configurations.
Travelling at speeds up to 24 m/min , it is a convenient
tool on any job site.For more information: Alimak He
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New Marina Taking Shape
All the external walls to the marina installed and prelim-
inary installation of the floating mooring pontoons un-
derway. When completed, the marina will be able to
accommodate 700 boats with lengths of up to 9.5m
internally and provide external berthing for super yachts
up to 165m long with a 13,000 gross tonnage.
The external walls were formed by sinking cellular
pre cast concrete caissons , much the same as they did
with the Mulberry Harbours on D Day.
The caisson units are up to 50m long and they are
sunk in position on a dredged and prepared rock bed
before they are backfilled with granular material.
The caissons were constructed within the main har-
bour adjacent to the marina before being towed to their
final resting place.
AKS Ward are acting as the lead civil engineering
designer for this design and construct project with the
main elements of the work being designed by specialist
A number of wave studies were commissioned to
enable breakwaters to be designed to ensure that con-
ditions within the marina remain acceptable even under
1 in 200 year storm conditions. The construction of these
rock breakwaters is underway.