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Made with Liebherr

Magnificent buildings steeped in history, famous cultural attractions or stadia with thousands of people watch matches and concerts. In short – venues that are exciting for all of us and leave their mark. And venues about which we can proudly say: Made with Liebherr.

LTM 1500-8.1 places the crown on city palace

In autumn 2020, an LTM 1500-8.1 owned by Mobi-Hub completed a job in the centre of Berlin in front of a large crowd – the 8 axle crane placed the magnificent cupola on the new Humboldt Forum. The historically reconstructed cupola is decorated with eight angel figures and palm leaves. The reconstruction of Berlin Palace, which was destroyed several years ago, has been undertaken to restore Berlin’s historic cityscape.

The reconstruction of the former Berlin Palace was started in 2013. Since 2021 it has been home to non-European collections and other exhibitions. It also provides a new venue for lots of public events. The LTM 1500-8.1 crowned the Palace with its magnificent, almost completely historically reconstructed cupola. The public watched the cupola being hoisted by the 8-axle crane with great interest. It had been set up with a 42 metre luffing lattice jib and 90 tonnes of ballast to enable it to hoist the filigree load to a height of 70 metres.

Liebherr cranes place the roof on the largest tennis stadium in the world

The Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York is the largest tennis stadium in the world. The stadium was modified between 2013 and 2016 and fitted with a retractable roof to avoid all too frequent match postponements at the US Open caused by rain. A Liebherr LR 11000 crawler crane and two LR 1600/2 machines operated by American crane contractor Buckner HeavyLift Cranes put the steel structure for the roof in place over a period of ten months. The three heavy duty cranes were at the site from autumn 2014 to July 2015 to complete the roof structure. The route to the installation of a roof on the stadium had been difficult as the American Tennis Association USTA had been looking for ten years for a solution, which was both feasible in terms of costs and logistics, and would also fit in with the architecture of the stadium as a whole. The stability of the foundation soil also caused problems. “The site was a major challenge logistically and a great deal of planning was required just to erect and dismantle the cranes. Liebherr crawler cranes feature an efficient erection process and short set-up times. That helps to keep costs down”, says Kevin C. Long, Project Manager at Buckner.

A home for the yellow ball

The Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York is the largest tennis stadium in the world and the venue for the US Open. Built in 1997 and named after American tennis star Arthur Ashe (1943–1993), the court can hold around 24,000 spectators.

Plans for a roof structure were started in 2013 and the modification work was completed in 2016 – with hard-working Liebherr cranes lending a helping hand. Today, the roof can be closed in 5 minutes 42 seconds.

Steel giant positions steel segments

A sophisticated material transport process was the start of a spectacular crane job for a Liebherr LR 1750 crawler crane in Copenhagen, which lasted almost two months. The heavy duty crane was required to hoist five roof segments for the construction of the new opera house. In 2003, over 50 low loaders set off to transport the flagship of crane contractor Riga Mainz (then known as Riga & Eisele) to the Danish capital over 800 kilometres away. The team from Mainz had to maintain a minimum distance of six metres from the temporary quay wall for positioning and moving the LR 1750 heavy duty crane. The crawler crane was not allowed to get closer to the bank as during its hoisting processes with full ballast and a gigantic load on the hook, a total weight of around 1,300 tonnes was pressed into the ground. “During the lifts, some of which were carried out at night due to bad weather, we had a net weight of 235 tonnes. With hook block and slings, such a load case added up to about 265 tonnes,” recalls Uwe Langer, owner of Riga Mainz and at the helm of the crane at the time. The roof structure was towed from the Danish mainland to the Copenhagen port basin on a floating bridge and then hoisted into place by the LR 1750. After hoisting the load, the crane had to move around 25 metres to the site. The heavy components remained on the hook for up to 24 hours after being positioned before they were welded accurately into the structure. “This LR 1750 was clearly the start of a new generation of crawler cranes, which is now fully established. With a wide range of features which Liebherr implemented for the very first time in this crane model and which today seem to be a matter of course”, says Langer.

Art in Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen is one of the most modern stages in the world. The building is a gift from the “A. P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation” to the Danish city. Arnold Peter Møller was the co-founder of Mærsk, one of the largest shipping companies in the world.

Designed by Henning Larsen, work on the building started in June 2001. The opera house was opened on 15 January 2005 with a special concert – after Liebherr cranes had already earned their own standing ovation.

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