Author, James Morgan
An 11-strong fleet of Potain tower cranes is helping to build Europe’s largest shopping mall in Russia.
A range of Potain’s top-slewing models, which have been selected for their versatility, are working at the Avia Park site in Moscow. The units have been supplied to the project’s main contractor, Renaissance, by Moscow-based crane rental company, Rentakran.
“The project needed efficient cranes that can be individually configured and work for long hours without stoppages,” said Rentakran’s Serhan Arpaciat.
“We immediately thought of Potain, which continues to build its reputation for producing the best quality tower cranes available in Russia. We are confident that this project will run smoothly with these cranes,” he added.
Once completed, Avia Park will occupy an area equivalent to 65 football fields at 463,000m2. The Potain fleet will spend the next two years lifting general construction materials at the Moscow site.
The cranes being used at Avia Park include three MC 235 Bs, two MDT 178s, two MD 265 Bs, an MD 310 C, and an MD 285 C. The fleet offers lifting capacities of up to 16 tonnes, lifting heights ranging from 45m to 66m, and have been rigged with 45m and 70m jibs.
The units are being used to lift a variety of objects, including formwork, rebar, structural components, scaffolding, and facade materials.