Liebherr crane will place top onto Kingdom Tower

A Liebherr 357 HC-L luffing jib tower crane has been selected to place the top onto the world’s future tallest building, Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower

At a height of 1,008m, Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower will be the world’s tallest building on completion.
At a height of 1,008m, Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower will be the world’s tallest building on completion.

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Liebherr is to supply the crane that will place the top onto Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower.

In total, the German construction equipment manufacturer will provide four tower cranes to facilitate construction on the Jeddah giant, which at over 1,000m, will be the world’s tallest building on completion.

Four luffing jib cranes are to be used for the build: three Liebherr 280 HC-L 16/28 models, and one 357 HC-L 18/32 unit.

Current plans involve jib lengths of between 40m and 45m. The required lifting capacities vary between 11 tonnes and 12 tonnes at a radius of 35m.

Operational support will be provided to the contractor via Liebherr Tower Crane Solutions. Liebherr will supply four of the six luffing jib cranes that are to be used during the building’s construction.

The 280 HC-L cranes will build Kingdom Tower’s side wings. The units will be anchored to the outside of the building, and will reach hook heights of approximately 400m.

The Liebherr 357 HC-L model, meanwhile, has been selected to place the top on the building at a height of around 1,000m.

In order to reach the required heights, the Liebherr units will have to move upwards in several stages. To this end, the cranes will be positioned on the sky terrace of the building, or on various cantilever platforms mounted on the exterior. The tower cranes will erect and dismantle one another.

Kingdom Tower will be the first structure in the world to top 1,000m. It will also boast the highest visitor viewing platform at a height of 630m.

The building is scheduled to complete in December 2018.

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