New plant-lifting solution impresses on Tideway project

LIFTING Gear UK has developed a new Lifting Tray product described as a ‘safer’ way of lifting construction plant.

The product is already in use at high profile schemes including Tideway, Hinkley Point and HS2.

Developed and manufactured as a collaboration between Lifting Gear UK group companies Lifting Projects UK and Steelwise, the solution is geared towards lifting larger items of plant whilst still being easily transportable.

The final product design, which incorporates adjustable lifting arms to provide for wider lifts but which can be retracted for easier transport, was developed for Tideway as part of the Tideway Central contract, covering delivery of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project, from Fulham to Blackfriars, by a joint venture of Ferrovial Agroman UK Ltd and Laing O’Rourke Construction.

Steelwise technical manager Alistair Clark said, “The main challenge for us was coming up with a design that allowed for larger items of plant to be lifted without making a product that was so big that it would be difficult to transport from site to site. The adjustable lifting arms on the tray combated this issue. The solution we provided has delivered maximum productivity for the client and has made it safer and easier to carry out such works.”

Lifting Gear UK operations director Chris Turner added, “We are really proud to have developed the Lifting Tray to meet such a specific but also common need in the construction industry and to have its successful use see it become company policy for some of our clients. Its development pays testimony to our collaborative approach with clients to overcoming lifting challenges.  If a solution doesn’t currently exist, we will develop it and manufacture it to the highest standards with safety always our number one priority.”