New generation of tower cranes drive efficiency on sites


In the past 24 months, Bowmer + Kirkland have achieved some tower crane world firsts on projects across the UK

The Cadworks office project in Glasgow took delivery of the world’s first Terex hydraulic luffing jib tower crane, the CTLH192-12.  This is the first hydraulic model of crane ever produced by Terex.

The next-generation Terex tower cranes are assisting B+K on three major projects.

Projects are:

  • The Terex CTL272-18 luffing jib crane was the first in the world to be erected at 2, New Bailey in Manchester.
  • The Terex CTT202-10 flat-top crane was the first in the UK at the University of Warwick project.

The latest generation of cranes have:

  • Energy-efficient motors
  • Advanced control systems
  • Increased lifting capacities
  • Increased mast heights
  • Telematics as standard
  • Air-conditioned operator cabin as standard
  • Reduction in foundation loads.

B+K now has four of the first 10 PUNCH ‘Flybrid’ units in the UK on their sites. Each unit hired saves 44,000 kg of carbon per year.

Group crane manager, Dave Shooter, has been working closely with Worksop-based Select Plant Hire, to drive technology and innovation in the tower crane market. He said: “These next-generation machines have huge benefits and give us many advantages.

“Select Plant Hire has been helping to ensure our sites have the latest lifting technology which is ensuring that we get maximum efficiencies from our tower cranes.

“We are also pushing to get carbon-reducing Punch ‘Flybrid’ on all our sites with tower cranes. These use Formula One technology to save fuel and cut carbon emissions.”

Tobias Knichel, managing director at PUNCH Flybrid Ltd, added: “It is an honour to be working with the team at Bowmer + Kirkland on deploying innovative products.

“B+K is at the forefront of significantly reducing the fuel consumption and emissions of generators.

“PUNCH Power 200 units have now been deployed on multiple important Bowmer + Kirkland construction sites and are achieving impressive savings.”


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