A company offering project design and construction, plus property and project management services.

Project:
Installation of bronze statue and granite base at new Doncaster Sheffield “Robin Hood” Airport.

Case Study:
The complex and prestigious installation comprised of 3 phases:

Execution of trial lift of hollow bronze statue of Robin Hood out of public view to establish points of balance and correct weight.

Installation of 2 sections of an oval polished granite plinth; each section weighing 1.3 tonnes. The plinth sections were lifted by fork truck onto a machinery bogie. They then had to be moved through the operational airport concourse across 60 metres of newly installed polished marble floor. To protect the floor our operatives constructed a protective trackway of plywood and heavy polythene sheeting. The plinth sections were then lifted into position onto a 7 metre high pedestrian mezzanine level over a glass and stainless steel balustrade. This part of the installation required detailed CAD lifting plans and further floor protection with aluminium load bearing panels to remove point loading under the crane outriggers. The crane selected for the job was Unic tracked mini-crane with remote control; ideal for the restricted access via doors of less than 2.5m x 1.75m. Power for the crane was provided by a silent-pack diesel generator positioned outside of the building.

The above operation was then repeated at a later date with the statue body.

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In addition to constraints imposed by the marble flooring and restricted door access, Merritts were required to work to further special requirements. All work on site had to be undertaken after the last departure at 2300hours and before the first passenger arrivals at around 500hours. Equipment allowed in the building was restricted to electrically operated. Operational retail stores were situated within 5 metres of the working area. Throughout the project our personnel adhered to the stringent safety and security measures necessary at airport sites.

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