Manitowoc was awarded the “Tower Crane Assembly of the Year” award at the recently concluded JDL Expo in Beaune, France, for the installation of a Potain MDT 319 top slewing crane on the DUO Towers jobsite in Paris.
The project consists of two asymmetrical and unaligned towers of 180m and 122m in height, designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel for Ivanhoé Cambridge and constructed by Bateg, a subsidiary of VINCI Construction France. “Due for completion next year, the development will reshape the skyline of the area, which has been undergoing major renewal over the last 20 years,” said a Manitowoc statement.
“The installation of the Potain topless MDT 319 inside the elevator shaft of the telescoping building, along with the three hoisting operations, presented a considerable technical challenge for the Manitowoc Crane Care team. Inside the elevator shaft, the crane could only rest on the frames installed by the Manitowoc Crane Care technicians, whose support was also required evenings and weekends. Careful coordination was needed for its telescoping operations,” Manitowoc added.
The Manitowoc Crane Care technician in charge of the project was Nicolas Coelho from the Saint Ouen branch in Paris. In carrying out these high-tech operations to hoist the 111t of Potain crane above the void, Coelho benefitted from all the expertise and professionalism of the Manitowoc Crane Care team, his assembly partners, and the studies carried out by Potain Lift Solutions.
Coelho collected the award on behalf of the French Manitowoc Crane Care team. Through the award, Potain’s dedicated technicians and experts across the world are also acknowledged, said Manitowoc.
In addition, the award for “Job-site of the Year” was presented to Potain distributor and rental partner UPERIO for the Notre Dame restoration project in France, where an MDT 809, under the authority of the French Ministry for Culture, is working to rebuild the iconic cathedral.
According to Manitowoc. no other crane than the MDT 809 could match up to the task. “From the top of its 74m under hook and 80m jib, it symbolises perfectly how the latest lifting technologies can help rescue our architectural heritage.”