Prior warning. This is not one of my ‘meaning of life’ posts and there will be no tortuous analogy at the end. It’s about cranes.
Liverpool loves a good Giant. Two or more even better. And I was impressed when I first went into town to see them a few years ago. Second time round though, I didn’t bother. No particular reason, I just couldn’t work up the interest in their made up story second time around.
Today was a different matter though.
Building the new, oh well, student accommodation on the corner up there. And did I but know it, this 40 metres tall monster is the second biggest of its kind in Europe and weighs 750 tonnes.
Well, how are they going to get it out of there?
In fact Sarah and I had been discussing just that the other day as we passed by. (See we’re not always on the higher plains of radical politics and monkey puzzle trees.) And our conclusion? If they don’t want to smash their new building to bits they’re going to have to lift it out of there with an even bigger crane.
So today I’ve come to have a look at this being done.
Been closed in fact since 7pm last night, Friday. And staying closed ’til 6am Monday. That’s how long they’ve got to put one giant crane up, lift the other one out of there, and get them both out of the way for the Monday morning traffic. Now that’s a story that gets my interest.
Yes the top bit of Reddy (let’s give them names) has already gone. And no, drama fans it’s not all getting lifted out at once, that would be crazy. Bluey, the new visitor, is lifting Reddy out in twelve sections.
Oh and look here, there’s a third crane (Playing the part of Little Girl’s Dog?)
Yellowy’s job is the delicate manoeuvre of placing each of the twelve section of Reddy on separate trucks to be driven away on, once Bluey has placed them on the ground. ‘Oh’ I can hear pedants saying ‘Why doesn’t Bluey just drop them on the trucks?’ Well, because then Yellowy wouldn’t have a job, as anyone can see!
Well true, but the real reason is the twelve big sections of Reddy that Bluey lifts are then taken apart into even shorter sections to fit onto the nevertheless humoungously big trucks by Yellowy, as we are about to see.
Yes, don’t worry, I’ve done my time in the construction industry too.
Passing by like this happens every day. In fact the only constant spectators are me and the guy on the right there, who it turns out knew Yellowy’s owner ‘when he had nothing.’ Of course, and perfectly in line with a well known all knowing Liverpool tradition!
Joe is the Site Manager. Responsible for the new building, the safe removal of Reddy and getting it all done while he still has permission to keep the roads closed. No pressure there then!
I congratulate Joe on a job going well and as you can see he’s delighted to have had an audience. Even if it was only two of us. I enjoyed it immensely Joe, and may well be back tomorrow to see it completed!
Well done, Reddy, Bluey and Yellowy. Good to have had you here. (See, I told you there’d be no tortuous life-affirming analogy at the end.)
And you can see how they all got on the next day in Episode 2, here.