HS2 pioneers use of electric crawler cranes

HS2 has taken delivery of three fully electric crawler cranes at sites in London.

The 100 per cent emissions-free giant Liebherr cranes are being used at its Old Oak Common and Canterbury Road vent-shaft sites, in what HS2 said is a UK first.

The project aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from 2035, and have its construction sites free of diesel by 2029.

HS2 air-quality lead Andrea Davidson said: “As a result of HS2’s strict emissions requirements and our move towards diesel-free construction sites by 2029, our contractors and supply chain are constantly pushing the boundaries to find ways to cut carbon emissions. We’re delighted that we’re leading the industry by introducing the UK’s first large, fully electric crawler cranes, making our HS2 sites cleaner and greener.”

A Laing O’Rourke specialist business called Expanded, working for a Balfour Beatty / Vinci / Systra joint venture known as BBVS, has taken two of the UK’s first giant battery-powered electric crawler cranes onto the Old Oak Common Station site in West London.

The Liebherr LR1250E, a 250-tonne lattice jib crawler crane, and the Liebherr 160-tonne LR1160E both operate emission-free and will be used to construct the 850-metre-long Old Oak Common Station box, which will house six high-speed rail platforms.

The third crane – a 160-tonne Liebherr LR1160E, has arrived at HS2’s Canterbury Road vent-shaft site managed by a Skanska / Costain / Strabag joint venture called SCS JV.

Last month, Construction News went on site at Old Oak Common and the Victoria Road Crossover Box to gain an exclusive insight into work going on behind the scenes.

Read more: Inside HS2: the innovations at Old Oak Common. The Leeds leg of HS2 may have been pulled but, in west London, construction is powering ahead. Construction News reports on the techniques employed at the megaproject to aid the delivery of two major schemes in one

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