Raimondi towers for Aljada mega project in UAE
By Christian Shelton14 April 2021
United Arab Emirates-based developer Arada commissioned Raimondi Middle East to erect 11 flat top tower cranes as part of the Aljada construction megaproject in Sharjah, the third-most populous city in the UAE. Raimondi Middle East had previously erected 15 tower cranes at the jobsite.
The cranes are being used for the construction of the East Village – a residential district that will contain 16 buildings and 2,000 residential units.
The cranes supplied comprise six Raimondi MRT111 and five MRT159 flat top tower cranes. The MRT111s have a capacity of 8 tonnes and are working with jib lengths ranging from 42 to 50 metres. They are freestanding with a height under hook (HUH) between 38.55 and 47.2 metres. Raimondi said the MRT111 remains one of its most popular models due to its versatility in tower height and its high-performance hoist speed and tip load.
The Raimondi MRT159s have a capacity of 10 tonnes and are also freestanding. They have a HUH between 31 and 47.2 metres and jib lengths between 42 to 50 metres. The MRT159 flat top can arrive onsite with all parts preassembled, ropes passed, and rope connections installed, said Raimondi, to facilitate easier onsite integration and installation.
“The cranes are also fitted with the Raimondi Deluxe R16 crane cabin and, in terms of technology, have the company’s latest iterations,” said Wael Hasan, commercial director, Raimondi Cranes Middle East. “Due to the layout of the job site and the substantial number of cranes operating simultaneously, the project presented specific challenges. First, Raimondi Middle East operations and technical departments had to strategically study the cranes’ erection and positioning site plan
to ensure machine efficiency and safety. Second, we were focussed on speedy delivery and installation to meet the client’s needs.”
Each crane erection took one day and involved four staffing groups. The cranes are positioned across three different plots on the development and are expected to be on site for the next 12 months.