ALE has completed a first record-breaking lift for the construction of the La Luna hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A huge, curved steel bridge, weighing 2,100t, was installed between the hotel’s two towers, at a height of 120m, to link them together. This was the greatest weight to ever be lifted so high using this method.
As the La Luna hotel has a unique design, ALE had to create a bespoke methodology for the project’s manoeuvres. Using several large cranes to lift the bridge would have been costly and impractical for the project’s congested site. ALE also faced the challenge of designing a solution that could operate in the region’s frequent high wind speeds, which risked significant delays to the project.
Strand jacks were prepared on specially-designed jacking beams, which were then mounted on each of the towers, 138m above the ground. The entire beam assembly consisted of jacks, beams, clevises and strand jacks, with SPMTs used to provide additional support to the clevises.