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Raimondi tower cranes build Sharjah’s Aljada mega-project

A total of eight topless tower cranes from Italian specialist set up onsite for UAE master developer Arada’s project

Eight Raimondi tower cranes are at work in Sharjah on a mega project featuring designs by the renowned Zaha Hadid Architects for UAE-based master developer Arada.

According to Raimondi Cranes Middle East, the cranes erected on the job site of the Aljada project build are seven MRT111s and one MRT223 topless towers.

Wael Hasan, Middle East commercial director, Raimondi Cranes, said: “Raimondi Cranes supplied teams across three groups for the different installations including supervisors. The cranes are participating in the build of this ambitious ‘city within a city’ project. We are extremely proud to participate in what is called a transformational project that is historic in size and scope. The erections took approximately one day per crane and involved liaising closely with the Arada team. Raimondi was pleased to extend our support by executing the crane erection site planning.”

The MRT223 flattop is tasked with participating in the build of the Aljada Sales Center, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The MRT111s are positioned elsewhere on the 24 million square feet. megaproject, lifting site materials as part of the development’s ongoing construction.

“The MRT111, with a maximum lifting capacity of 8t, is extremely versatile. This makes this machine ideal for a job-site of this nature. The cranes can be relocated as needed as the project progresses,” explained Hasan. The MRT111 crane jib lengths range from 50-60m while the MRT223’s jib measures in at 70m.

Covering more than 24 million square feet, Aljada is a master-planned destination unveiled in September 2017 and said to be transformational for the future of Sharjah emirate. Featuring extensive residential districts, as well as a business park with 500,000sqm of leasable space and the Central Hub, a new leisure and entertainment district for the UAE, Aljada is a fully self-contained lifestyle community.

The project’s groundbreaking ceremony took place in April last year and a number of construction contracts have already been awarded, including the first residential blocks and infrastructure for the initial phase. The first homes are scheduled to be handed over by the end of 2019, and the entire project is expected to be completed by 2025.

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