If you picked up a copy of last Friday’s Metro newspaper you may have spotted GGR’s Starworker trailer crane helping with preparations for the launch of a brand new games console in London’s Leicester Square.
The Starworker 1200 trailer crane was hired to help create the giant dome centrepiece for the console launch. Using an MRT4 vacuum lifter fitted with curved suction pads, the Starworker installed a total of 56 fibreglass panels to create the 12 metre tall dome structure.
GGR’s crane operator spent four days in Leicester Square building the dome which had never been fully assembled before, so a bit of trial and error was required! A scaffold was built around the square’s Shakespeare fountain and statue, then the dome constructed around that. The dome’s largest panels weighed 80kg and were 1.5 metres wide.
The 1200kg capacity Starworker’s incredible reach was exactly what was needed for this job, its 22.5 metre working radius and 360° continuous slewing rotation meant it could reach every installation point around the sphere. A 9 metre long fly jib and extra extension were fitted to the crane to maximize its potential reach.
Once the dome was complete it was lit up from the inside and the rest of the stage could be built around it ready for the launch event’s celebrity appearances and performances. The next morning GGR’s Starworker returned to Leicester Square to dismantle the dome in just one day.