SERVICE CRANES ON SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
After the approach by Alimak, Gregg and his brother Mick (MCR Projects Director) met with Alimak and the preparation commenced. This took many months and an incredible amount of planning. In early 2021, Damien Ellison (MCR Senior Project Manager) was appointed to oversee the works and implement the plan, which came to fruition without a hitch.
The video shows a time lapse coverage of the works.
CONTAINER HANDLING CRANES DISMANTLED AT PORT BOTANY
The project presented a number of challenges including incredibly low ground pressure tolerances with heavy and high lifts, so the lift planning had to be meticulous, said Gregg Melrose.
“On a job like this you will normally be told you can have around 20t of ground pressure per square metre but the wharf engineers came back and told me it was only capable of sustaining four or five tonnes of loading per square metre. One of the cranes we needed to use was a 500t capacity all terrain for some of the main lifts.
SYDENHAM STATION JUNCTION PROJECT
Part of the Sydney Metro Project
Station upgrade works commenced in October 2018 with our smaller, 100T cranes lifting piling gear and cages onto platforms 5 and 6 from Burrows Avenue.
Easter 2019 saw the commencement of the main lifts, when our 450T Grove GMK7450 with Megawing lifted the 30T headstocks into position to support the roof structure. Over the course of the year and including Christmas day 2019, our 400T, 450T and 500T Liebherr LTM1500-8.1 worked installing all of the precast panels and structural steel canopies on platforms 4, 5 and 6.
By mid-January 2020, planning had commenced for the mirror image installation of panels and canopies on platforms 1, 2 and 3. Tuesday, 1 December 2020 marked the milestone final installation of the interlinking canopies.
The canopies, each weighing more than 20T, are part of a new pedestrian concourse. The concourse will connect the two new plaza entrances to the station on Railway Parade and Burrows Avenue. The canopies were constructed during a road closure on Burrows Avenue, as they were too large to be transported by truck.
Other works completed on the SSJ project to date has included:
- Landing planks for the new access bridge into the aquaduct. Crane used: Grove 220T GMK5220
- Lifting piling rigs and piling equipment into the new pumphouse station. Crane used: Grove 150T GMK5150
- Installation of over 200m of culverts. Cranes used: Grove 150T and Grove 130T GMK5130
- Launch of TBM. Crane used: Grove 130T
Melrose Cranes has worked on this project without incident or accident for over two years, which is due in no small part to MCR’s highly skilled CAD team. The precision required during the planning of these lifts was critical and lift plans needed to be accurate to within millimetres, in some cases. There were numerous parties involved in the planning of each heavy lift, which presented its own logistical challenges. SSJ is under the Sydney Airport flightpath, so each lift required permit approval from Sydney Airport, which could potentially take up to 12 weeks to be granted.
I am very proud to have been involved on this project and expect MCR’s involvement to conclude around mid-2021, after the completion of further minor lifts.
Senior Project Manager
Air Conditioner Upgrade at Birkenhead Point
A mechanical upgrade at Mirvac’s Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre saw Airmaster involved in a 500-ton crane lift to remove existing mechanical plant equipment making way for the new. As part of a large-scale upgrade, Melrose Cranes & Rigging Pty Ltd and Nova Engineering Pty Ltd helped to hoist equipment onto the roof of the centre. The result will see energy efficient cooling systems across the centre, just in time for summer.
Prefab Building Installation
Intricate planning between Modscape, Shape Australia and MCR was the key to the successful installation of 22 prefabricated building modules during round the clock shifts over a weekend in July 2020. The job was in a heavily congested area of North Sydney, with tight site access via steep, narrow, tree-lined old streets. The cooperation between all parties was the critical factor to the successful installation of an impressive structure.
Barangaroo Headland Park
MCR utilised our heavy lift crane fleet for the installation of precast L -Wall sections to create a new sea wall and 50t super t’s from multiple engineer approved suspended slab set up positions.
The crane lifting, logistics and planning took two years to assist Baulderstone to find the right solution to complete a major milestone on the project.
Barangaroo South Project (project value $6 billion)
Melrose Cranes & Rigging is the contracted crane supplier for Barangaroo South, which is Sydney’s largest and most iconic construction project.
Barangaroo South is a vital new development of Sydney’s central business district and will provide extraordinary benefits for Sydney, NSW and Australia. It is a once in a 200 year opportunity to create a bold new place to live, work and visit. It provides room for the city to grow – creating new jobs, stimulating growth and boosting our economy. It also returns this previously private industrial space to the community, including a new naturalistic harbour park. Barangaroo South – the southern 7.5 hectares of the 22-hectare former container port on the western rim of the city – will become the greenest global residential, shopping and business centre in the world. Barangaroo South will have a mix of uses, with commercial and residential buildings as well as shopping, dining, hospitality and public places. It will be a dynamic and authentic part of Sydney.
Leighton Contractors Rail Project (project value $790 million)
Kingsgrove to Revesby Rail Track Quadruplication
As part of the Kingsgrove to Revesby Quadruplication (K2RQ) Alliance, is delivering the quadruplication of rail lines between Kingsgrove and Revesby Stations in Sydney. Other partners in the K2RQ Alliance include AECOM, Sinclair Knight Merz, MVM Rail, Ansaldo STS and Transport for NSW as the owner participant. As the largest development in the NSW Government’s Rail Clearways Program, the K2RQ Alliance project is designed to improve capacity and reliability on the CityRail network through the delivery of two additional rail tracks between Kingsgrove and Revesby. This will separate local and express services operating on the East Hills Line. As a highly complex project in a live rail environment, detailed planning and rigorous implementation is required to deliver the project safely and efficiently. Melrose Cranes & Rigging were the contracted crane supplier to this project and utilised our full fleet of cranes to assist project construction and completion, involving the removal and replacement of 10 x major rail bridges during possession weekends, new rail substations, portal installation and all general crane requirements.
Leighton Contractors Rail Project (project value $200 million)
Southern Sydney Freight Line
New rail freight line construction from Villawood to Glenfield with multiple bridge installations and a 1km raised pre-cast viaduct next to existing rail corridor. The entire Melrose Cranes & Rigging fleet was utilised on this project ranging from 8 tonne to 450 tonne cranes
Woodlawn Wind Farm Project (project value $140 million)
The wind farm comprised of 23 x S88- 2.1MW wind turbines with a total output capacity of 48.3 MW. MCR was contracted to Suzlon, who were the turnkey contractor responsible for the engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) delivery of the entire project. The wind farm was completed in the second half of 2011.
Melrose Cranes & Rigging assisted the project with unloading and installing of all components for 23 x 88m high wind turbines.