By: Kelly Holdaway On: February 17, 2014 In: Blog Comments: 0

UNIC mini crane at Sherlock house

When watching the latest episode of BBC drama “Sherlock”, the impressive Appledore residence of the episode’s villain looked very familiar to us.  After some detective work and a trawl through our archives, we uncovered the evidence that we had helped build this futuristic mansion back in 2007.

Used as a filming location for the “His Last Vow” series three finale, Swinhay House in the Cotswolds was the ideal setting for the lair of Sherlock’s nemesis, Charles Magnussen. The 10 floor 23,250 square foot home includes eight bedrooms, 3 separate wings, a bowling alley, swimming pool and a squash court.

Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his sidekick Dr John Watson filmed scenes in the home’s glazed winter garden which GGR helped to construct.

Hydraulica 1200-A lifter installing canopy glassAnother dynamic duo, the UNIC URW-095 mini spider crane and P11104 “Four in Line” vacuum lifter, teamed up to install glazing underneath a canopy on the ground floor of the building. The mini crane was fitted with a searcher hook to position the glass windows directly underneath the canopy using the 320kg glass lifter.

Other lifting solutions from GGR Group were also used on this mammoth building project. After further investigation we found that a 1200kg capacity Hydraulica 1200-A lifter was used to install rooftop glass panels and a Libro overhang beam glazed underneath a higher level canopy.


Owned by Sir David McMurtry and costing a whopping £30 million to build, this is truly a home worthy of any super villain. Find out more about this multi-million pound properly in this Daily Mail article.

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