GGR Group was rocking around this Christmas tree in the Houses of Parliament recently as we helped spread a bit of festive cheer at one of London’s most iconic landmarks.
A UNIC URW-095 spider crane made a quick stop at Westminster Hall, the oldest Parliamentary building in London’s Westminster, to help put a 20 foot tall Christmas tree in pride of place ready for the holidays. The huge tree weighed in at over 100kg but was lifted with ease by the URW-095 thanks to its lifting capacity of almost one tonne.
Westminster Hall has played a central role in 900 years of British history, built in 1097 it was the largest hall in Europe. The hall has the largest clearspan medieval roof in England, measuring 20.7 metres by 73.2 metres with its oak timbers coming from royal woods in Hampshire and Hertfordshire.
This slimline UNIC URW-095 spider crane has a 600mm wide chassis so could easily travel through internal doorways to reach the lifting location inside the grand hall. The crane was set up on outrigger mats in order to protect the floor. The mini crane then carefully lifted the traditional tree up from the ground and carefully planted it into a metal drum without damaging its delicate branches.
Thanks to a bit of mini crane magic, Westminster Hall was spruced up ready for Christmas celebrations in no time at all!
It is around this time of year that GGR are called upon to help with the installation of Christmas trees and other festive displays. Take a look at the Southbank’s special festive cafe or Berlin’s crystal covered tree.