UK-based company constructs heaviest steel bridge in Baku
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 7
UK-based ALE company has completed a first record-breaking lift for the construction of the La Luna Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to the company’s website.
A huge, curved steel bridge, weighing 2,100 tons, was installed between the hotel’s two towers, at a height of 120 meters, to link them together, according to the report.
This was the greatest weight to ever be lifted so high using this method.
The seven-star luxury La Luna hotel will be in the shape of a crescent covering 125,000 square meters with 28 storeys.
The hotel’s design has given the area its name, with Baku’s new development area called Crescent Bay Construction began in late 2014 and the hotel is currently expected to open in 2021.
As the La Luna hotel has a unique design, ALE had to create a bespoke methodology for the project’s maneuvers.
ALE’s method enabled the linkspan bridge to be constructed entirely at ground level. This minimized work at height and was a much quicker way of building the bridge.
“This area can experience wind speeds of up to 80km/h and therefore we knew our lift monitoring solution had to be optimized for immediate reporting on wind speed and load displacement,” said Dan Kempin, the company’s business development manager.
“The bespoke design of our strand jack monitoring process ensured ALE could continue to operate within a greater window of wind speeds, as we could monitor the real time wind effect – maximizing the client’s operational time,” the manager noted. “We did this while still conducting the safest operation possible.”