A Unic mini crane has been taking in some rather regal surroundings recently as it was hired to help with a lifting job on the grounds of Astley Castle in Nuneaton, North Warwickshire.
Astley Castle was a fortified manor house, originally built in the 13th century and after various remodellings over the years currently stands as ruins. The Grade II listed building, which was a one time home to three queens of England (Elizabeth Woodville, her daughter Elizabeth of York and Lady Jane Grey) is now on its way to being restored to its former glory by the Landmark Trust.
A Unic URW-506 mini crane, which can lift to a 15 metre height, was used to lift 150kg coping stones onto a roof of the stately home, where a new property within the ruin’s walls will become holiday accommodation.
Unic mini cranes are a popular choice for work on listed buildings as they are compact enough to work in restricted access areas and have a dual power function which means fumes won’t affect sensitive environments.