Potain Igo T 85 A works on museum extension in Tasmania

January 2020
Potain Igo T 85 A works on museum extension in Tasmania

Australian contractor Fairbrother chose a Potain Igo T 85 A self-erecting tower crane to help expand the Museum of New and Old Art (Mona) at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The crane was chosen for its flexibility and lifting capacity, as well as the close control of its movements.

“The Potain Igo T 85 A balances the best of a mobile crane with the lifting abilities of a tower crane — it was compact enough to fit between existing buildings while providing up to 6 t in lifting capacity. Also, from a cost perspective, the Igo T 85A stacked up as the best option,” said Phil De Jong, Project Manager, Fairbrother, the contractor.

Working around 10 hours daily, the Potain Igo T 85 A was erected behind the museum to lift construction material like steel beams, scaffolding, steel and concrete panels, as well as to remove soil for the underground tunnels. The crane lifted loads ranging from 300 kg to 6 t, for up to 80 loads on busy days.

“A traditional tower crane doesn’t provide the flexibility for quick relocation or setup, but the Igo T 85 A was easy to erect and dismantle so we could move it to the centre of the project when needed,” De Jong said.

Fairbrother set up the Igo T 85 A in two locations. In its second location, the crane was configured with a 30 m working height and the maximum 45 m jib length. The Igo T 85 A has a maximum working height of up to 51 m available in raised jib position.

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