The huge main roof truss has been lifted over Liverpool Football Club’s iconic Anfield Stadium, marking a major milestone in the expansion of its Main Stand.
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The 650t, 140m long, 20m high truss touched down safely into position at about 2pm on Friday after a delicate exercise that began at 6am that day.
It was lifted at either end by two of the UK’s largest cranes, the AK680 and AK912.
After being lifted vertically to a point where it cleared the new stand steelwork, the truss was rotated by the Anfield Road end crane.
The other end of the truss was then brought round into place over its support tower. More weights were added to the crane at the Kop end allowing it to complete the operation and lower the truss smoothly onto the towers.
The lift, using the 252ft-high cranes operated by a specialist team at the Anfield site, completed one of the most complex parts of the Main Stand build programme being carried out by contractors Carillion.
Carillion project director Chris Ruta said: “This is a hugely complex operation that has taken months of planning. It will take many hours to complete but ultimately will be a vital step in this exciting project. Achieving such a milestone on time is a just reward for the hard work and efforts of the project team.”
Liverpool FC chief executive Ian Ayre said: “This is an historic milestone in Anfield’s history as the stadium transformation continues to take shape. We embarked on this significant expansion project just seven months ago and today we’re lifting the Main Stand’s new truss and marking another incredible chapter in the Club’s history.
“We are proud to be able to call Anfield our spiritual home and this is a redevelopment that gives us a fantastic opportunity to ensure that all the rich history and traditions that make this stadium so special can continue for many years to come.”
The installation of the main truss, which is visible from several points in the city, now enables work to get underway on constructing the Main Stand’s new roof.
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