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Liebherr tower cranes make progress on Istanbul congress centre

Three Liebherr tower cranes are being used by Turkish contractor Sembol and Taca for the construction of the massive new Harbiye Kongre Merkezi, the new congress centre in Istanbul.

The complex is being built by Turkish contractor Sembol and Taca for the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and is located in the Harbiye district of the city.

The cranes comprise two 154 EC-H 10 FR.tronic units, which are on hire from Liebherr’s Turkish distributor Atilla Dural, and one 132 EC-HM 6 FR.tronic that is being rented from Atilla’s rental division, Duramak.

"The speed and ease of erection, together with the productive lift and reach capacities made the Liebherr FR.tronic cranes the choice for the job," said Project manager Baris Arica.

The 154 EC-H cranes have a maximum radius of 60 m, at which they can lift 1.4 t, and a maximum lift of 10 t. Maximum hook height is 72.1 m.

Designed to a modular concept, the cranes are fast and easy to erect and are designed for medium to large construction projects. The two units were delivered new to Atilla Dural from Liebherr in Germany especially for the Harbiye Kongre project.

The 132 EC-HM 6 F.R. tronic has a maximum radius of 60 m at which it can lift 1.2 t, and a maximum load of 6 t. Maximum hook height is 68 m.

The Harbiye Kongre Merkezi is still in the foundations stage, and has a projected completion date of 2011.

It is being built alongside the Cemil Topuzlu Harbiye Amphitheatre, a renowned venue for concerts and venues. Adjacent is the Lutfi Kirdar Congress Centre and Exhibition Hall, and behind the site is the Istanbul Hilton, also a noted convention venue. Completion of the Harbiye Kongre will make the Harbiye district, which is located on the European side of Istanbul, into one of the prime events venues in Europe.

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