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Merlo raises the roof for French centre

Merlo’s popular Roto telescopic handlers are proving their versatility during construction of the new Pompidou Centre in Metz.

The showcase for French art has a suitably flamboyant design, including a sweeping cantilevered ‘tent’ roof built using a timber frame, supported during construction by steel scaffolding.

Main contractor Weilheim-Bannholz used five Merlo ­Rotos with a reach of up to 25m for boom-type lifts and platforms, with each machine fitted with a Merlo Space system that allowed the booms to reach through and around the scaffolding.

This platform has its own telescopic extension - up to 11m - and the working basket can be slewed 300 degrees around its vertical axis, enabling two workers to work at heights up to 36m, and to go up through apertures in the structure and around corners.

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