A UNIC mini crane hired from GGR Group has helped with a £4.9 million refurbishment project to transform All Souls’ Church in Bolton, Lancashire into a modern community centre.
The church was originally built in the 1880s by a local mill owner but was closed in the 1980s and no longer used. The original architectural features of the Grade II* listed church building have been restored to their former glory, but inside the construction team have created a multi-purpose, two storey “building within a building”. Instead of pews and an altar, the indoor area is made up of modern “pods” to create meeting rooms and events space.
A 6 tonne capacity UNIC URW-706 mini crane was hired for a week to erect steelwork for these pods inside the church. The doorway to the church was just 2.5 metres wide and 2.2 metres high which proved to be a challenge for the project, but not a problem for the 1.67 metre wide UNIC crane.
The UNIC URW-706 mini crane lifted the 600kg steel beams to a maximum height of 9.5 metres inside the limited space within the church. The crane was able to work with precision around other compact plant equipment being used by the installation team.
GGR’s UNIC mini cranes have been used for many refurbishment projects on listed buildings in the past. Take a look at how our compact equipment helped to transform Astley Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Ripon Cathedral and St Andrews Church.
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