When the passenger terminal at Portsmouth International Port needed a modern makeover, one of GGR’s cladding lifters helped get its roof into ship shape condition.
The dual circuit Multi-Clad DT5 vacuum lifter was used to to lift the 100kg aluminium panels which made up the new concourse roof. Part of the port’s £16.5 million redevelopment project, the new 2,700m² terminal is more like an airport, with arrivals and departure areas for ferry and cruise ship passengers travelling to the Channel Islands, France and Spain.
Achieving a BREEAM rating of “very good”, the Portsmouth terminal was the UK’s first building to use thermal energy from seawater to heat and cool itself, using 80% less energy than a traditional boiler. Thanks to high wind speeds around the coast, the building is naturally ventilated using square louvred “windcatcher” turrets in the roof.
The 400kg capacity Multi-Clad DT5 cladding lifter features a 5 metre crossbeam so it can safely handle roof panels up to a generous 14 metres.
GGR’s Multi-Clad lifters are ideal for working with the longer panels, the Multi-Clad Maxi can lift 22 metre lengths of roofing units. The Multi-Clad, DT6 and Maxi lifters were also used for a big project at Siemens’ The Crystal building at London’s Royal Victoria Docks installing 400 cladding panels.
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