The Giant Cranes: Episode 2

Hope Street Hotel.

Hope Street Hotel.

Another perfect spring day for Episode 2 of the Story of Reddy, Bluey and Yellowy. This time we’ll be going up on the roof of the hotel there for what we’re hoping will be some spectacular crane views. But first a recap of the story so far and a look round the corner to see how they’ve got on since yesterday.

So Giant Crane Reddy, second biggest of its kind in Europe, has been here for months. But gets surrounded by the new building its been working on. How will Reddy get out? Well with the help of even bigger Giant Crane Bluey and willing helper Yellowy. But they have a very limited time to do it as the streets around Reddy can only be closed from 7pm Friday to 6am Monday. Can they do it? Read on!

Blue's already in lifting position.

This morning Bluey’s already in lifting position.

Over a much reduced Reddy. Only three sections to go I'd say.

Over a much reduced since yesterday Reddy. Only three sections to go I’d say.

See how quickly I’ve become a self-professed crane expert?

And here's Reddy's cabin, loaded up and ready to go.

And here’s Reddy’s cabin, loaded up and ready to go.

Lifted here by the stars of Episode 1, Bluey and Yellowy.

Lifted here by the stars of Episode 1, Bluey and Yellowy.

Though in truth Yellowy got most of the attention yesterday, Bluey’s clearly about to do some spectacular lifting here.

Seems weighed down more heavily today.

Seems weighed down more heavily today.

Wheels even further off the ground?

Wheels even further off the ground?

For lifting the heavier base sections of Reddy? What would I know.

I do know this is one of the heaviest weights I've ever stood directly beneath.

I do know this is one of the heaviest weights I’ve ever stood beneath.

And I'd frighten myself if I thought too long about it.

And I’d frighten myself if I thought too long about it.

Anyway, back round to Hope Street Hotel.

Anyway, back round to Hope Street Hotel.

Where Mary Colton from the Hotel is waiting to meet me.

Where Mary Colston from the Hotel is waiting to meet me.

Mary’s a regular reader of the blog and during a conversation on Twitter last night had invited me to come and photograph for Episode 2 from their roof. As we talk I’m gratified to hear Mary talk of all the cranes, even Orangey, as if they’re now much loved characters. So it isn’t just me!

Where the views are fantastic.

From up here the views are fantastic.

And I agree with Mary that I’ll be back to tell the story of the Hotel, and the Carriage Works and what they’re doing with the buildings just below us in the picture.

But that’s a different story. Today we’re here for the Giant Cranes.

And here's our view of Bluey from the Hope Street Hotel roof.

And here’s our view of Bluey from the Hope Street Hotel roof.

And what remains of Reddy, still poking out above the new building.

And what remains of Reddy, still poking out above the new building.

But I know nothing’s going to happen for a while, as I’d seen all the crane workers going off for an early lunch. Probably been working since dawn. So I agree with Mary I’ll be back and go off for my own late breakfast.

From 92° Coffee I can see them on their break, so know when my own break is over.

From 92° Coffee I can see them on their break, so know when my own break is over.

As I finish they're up there uncoupling the next section, so I run up to the roof of the hotel again.

As I finish they’re up there uncoupling the next section, so I run up to the roof of the hotel again.

Just in time to catch Reddy emerging.

Just in time to catch Reddy emerging.

It looks so lightly done.

It looks so lightly done.

But this is precise and brilliant engineering.

But this is precise and brilliant engineering.

And I'm so pleased to be up here on the roof to see it.

And I’m so pleased to be up here on the roof to see it.

Reddy suspended in the sky.

Reddy suspended in the sky.

Swinging round now.

Swinging round now.

Above Myrtle Street.

Above Myrtle Street.

Coming down now.

Coming down now.

Over the Philharmonic Hall.

Over the Philharmonic Hall.

Don't drop it Bluey, that place means a lot to us!

Don’t drop it Bluey, that place means a lot to us!

Nearly safe.

Nearly safe.

Cue man with a camera bewildering the friendly but mystified Hope Street Hotel staff, running past muttering ‘It’s nearly down.’

It is down.

It is down.

Now being guided by hand.

Now being guided by hand.

Several hands.

Several hands.

This bit's heavy.

This bit’s heavy.

Bluey holding Reddy just off the ground.

Bluey holding Reddy just off the ground.

Ready for a duet with yellowy. Watch this.

Ready for a duet with Yellowy. Watch this.

Reddy now being held by both cranes.

Reddy now being held by both cranes.

Blue gently lowers the far end, while yellowy lifts the near one.

Blue gently lowers the far end, while Yellowy lifts the near one.

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Now we're ready.

Now we’re ready.

The truck slowly reverses into position.

The truck slowly reverses into position.

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And Bluey and Yellowy very very slowly lower Reddy down.

And Bluey and Yellowy very very slowly lower Reddy down.

Just about there.

Just about there.

Helped by a bit of footwork.

Helped by a bit of footwork.

Done.

Done.

Well done Bluey.

Well done Bluey’s controller.

You too Yellowy.

You too Yellowy’s.

Job's a good'un (or however you say that in Dutch).

Job’s a good’un (or however you say that in Dutch).

Final tightening up.

Final tightening up.

And time to go.

And time to go.

Another piece of Reddy begins its journey home. To Germany I believe.

Another piece of Reddy begins its journey home. To Germany I believe.

Meanwhile, Reddy’s next piece is nearly ready to be lifted up and swung out.

Because remember they've only got until 6am monday morning to get all the crane's cleared and the streets ready to open again.

Because remember they’ve only got until 6am Monday morning to get all the crane’s cleared and the streets ready to open again.

But while we're waiting let's have an Orangey interlude.

But while we’re waiting let’s have an Orangey interlude.

Now away from all the limelight Orangey’s been doing a good steady job here these two days, pretty much finishing off this side of the building. So well done Orangey. But given the street it’s in – Hope Street being right up there in Liverpool’s starry firmament of favourite streets (the others being Bold Street, Canning Street and Huskisson Street since you asked) – is this new building really worthy of its place? I’d say not. I know it’s not finished and I know all new building’s get criticised just for being new. But utilitarian? Unlike the splendid new Everyman at the far end there. RIBA new building of the year, and built with proper bricks too.

Unlike here.

Unlike here.

Oh well, let's see how things are going back at the Giant Cranes?

Oh well, let’s see how things are going back at the Giant Cranes?

Bluey's driver is ready to start again.

Bluey’s driver is ready to start again.

And we're off.

And we’re off.

The second to last section of Reddy takes to the sky.

The second to last section of Reddy takes to the sky.

and this time we'll watch from down here on the ground.

and this time we’ll watch from down here on the ground.

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An ordinary miracle.

An ordinary miracle.

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Down and over and out.

Down and over and out. Very confident they’ll get that road cleared for the morning now.

People still passing by, captive in their cars, riveted to their phones. Blithely unaware that right next to them Reddy, Bluey and Yellowy have been dancing, pirouetting and performing miracles all weekend.

This bewilders me. Call it Culture and people will queue up to see it. But science, physics, engineering? ‘No you’re all right mate.’

Well I think that was fantastic. 'Event of the Year' at this year's Liverpool Awards deffo. And it's only March!

Well I think that was fantastic. My vote for ‘Event of the Year’ at this year’s Liverpool Awards deffo. And it’s only March!

Well. After that mighty two-part saga of the Giant Cranes this hobbit is hungry and so heads back to the Shire, where he’s sure a feast awaits him!

Home at last.

Home at last.

Yes, bear with me on this one. We’re still in a story and the part of ‘home’ is being played by the Sefton Park Palm House. And just like towards the end of Lord of the Rings the Shire is full of people!

Here for the miracle of a Free Food and Drink Festival!

Here for the miracle of a Free Food and Drink Festival!

Walking around like they own the place, because we all do! Walking around like they own the place, because we all do!

Walking around like they own the place, because we all do!

Unlike a couple of weeks from now when an organisation I’ve criticised before will be taking over another part of our park for a pay to enter elitist event this hobbit wouldn’t go to on principle.

Music from the Midnight Daisies.

Music from the Midnight Daisies.

Much appreciated.

Much appreciated.

And lots of food stalls for me to pick from.

And lots of food stalls for me to pick from.

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I sit reading happily into the afternoon.

I sit reading happily into the afternoon.

‘The Establishment’ by Owen Jones still, in case you were wondering. Brilliant but enraging, so I’m reading it relatively slowly as I have to pause regularly for swearing breaks.

All too soon though, after a wonderful weekend in the sun, it's time to go the mile or so to my real home.

All too soon though, after a wonderful weekend in the sun, it’s time to go the mile or so to my real home.

And all the way here, I'm thinking of Bluey, Reddy and Yellowy. And the Story of the Giant Cranes.

And all the way here, I’m thinking of Bluey, Reddy and Yellowy. And the Story of the Giant Cranes.

No apologies for Episode 2 being longer than Episode 1. That’s the way it is with sagas.

And if, in the morning, your bike or your bus or your car should turn from Catharine Street into Myrtle Street, realise that you’re riding across a stage. Where three Giant Cranes have graced Liverpool this weekend. Thank you all.

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And Episode 1, The Story of the Giant Cranes, here.

5 thoughts on “The Giant Cranes: Episode 2

  1. Neville Webb

    ‘I’ve been working in heavy construction all morning after all!’ Great excuse for afters, made me chuckle. Well done Ronnie, you’re right about the activity going unnoticed – it usually does. That’s how you know you’ve got it right!

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Yes Neville, viewing figures, as in people standing on the street watching the cranes, were slightly up yesterday. But still well outnumbered by those walking past as if nothing extraordinary was happening.

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  2. mandy

    A great blog as always, feeling the love you have for your city, with its fabulous green spaces which should be for everyone, shall we hold on to it as long as we can ….. by goodness we will try!

    Reply

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