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Spider climbs Lime Street tower

Liverpudlians last week were treated to the bizarre spectacle of a 15-tonne steel and wooden spider making its way down the side of Concourse House at the city’s Lime Street train station.

The mechanical arachnid – boasting 50 hydraulic joints and 12 human operators – was commissioned as part of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations and designed by La Machine, the creators of the Sultan’s Elephant which graced London in 2006.

Consulting engineer Martin Stockley Associates, structural engineers for the redevelopment of Lime Street, supervised the structural installation of the trusses, struts and rigging allowing the spider, named ‘La Princesse’, to dangle precariously from the side of the 13-storey building due for demolition in four weeks time.

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