GGR Group prepares Westfield Stratford City for lift off!
10/05/2011

The highly-anticipated Westfield Stratford City shopping centre was ready to open its doors to the public on Tuesday 13th September after lifting solutions experts GGR Group have helped to put the finishing touches to the shopping centre.

Online PR News – 05-October-2011 – – The highly-anticipated Westfield Stratford City shopping centre was ready to open its doors to the public on Tuesday 13th September after lifting solutions experts GGR Group have helped to put the finishing touches to the shopping centre.

Westfield Stratford City is now Europe’s largest urban shopping complex and is home to 250 shops and 70 places to eat and drink, over 1.9 million square feet of retail and leisure. GGR Group has been involved with a range of exciting construction and glazing projects at Westfield Stratford City, including fitting 200 glass shop fronts for popular high street names such as H&M, Superdry and Nike using Unic mini spider cranes and glass vacuum lifters.

Unic mini cranes are ideal for lifting on sites where there is restricted access or a confined space to work in as they are compact enough to fit through a standard doorway. There are 8 models currently available, ranging from 0.995 tonne to 6 tonnes in lifting capacity. These cranes were combined with vacuum glass lifters to install everything from laminated glass to luxury, ultra-clear, low iron glass at Westfield Stratford City.

GGR Group set up their own depot at the Westfield Stratford City site, with a range of cranes and expert operators ready to tackle challenging construction and glazing jobs and provide technical support. During the course of the project, the depot accommodated around 30 cranes and vacuum lifters, 120 A-frames and 20 operators to meet demand, with cranes being regularly taken back to GGR Group’s Thame headquarters to be fully serviced.

To fit glazing into both upper and lower levels of fashionables stores such as H&M, GGR Group used their compact Unic URW-095 mini crane and Kombi 7211-DS2 vacuum lifter with lockable tilt function to install dozens of 500kg glass units with ease. This popular piece of equipment was also used at the Superdry store, with its dual circuit vacuum system acting as an extra safety device.

GGR Group also used their largest mini crane, the Unic URW-706, to carefully handle Westfield Stratford City’s impressive centerpiece, the Digital Fountain, which was created by installation artist Jason Bruges. The URW-706 easily lifted each of the nine sections into place on top of one another to create the eye-catching 10 meter tall, four tonne tower.

From the artistic to the practical, Unic URW-376 and URW-706 mini cranes worked in tandem on one of the development’s fire escape bridges. The cranes were chosen due to the restricted access around the car park and rooftop. The crane double act successfully installed steel staircases, braces to form a walkway and siderunners for the balustrade system to the bridge.

As specialists in lifting for the construction industry since the company opened in 1995, GGR Group lived up to its reputation of being able to provide quick and safe methods of completing potentially complicated jobs in time for the big launch. Managing Director, Gill Riley was personally on site for the final three weeks of the project to ensure that all work would be finished on time and Westfield Stratford City were happy with the service.

Keith Whitmore, Head of Design and Construction, Westfield Stratford City said, “Having GGR Group’s equipment and operators on site was ideal as we could rely on them to make sure their jobs ran smoothly and to schedule. Their mini cranes and vacuum lifters were perfect for use both inside and outside the shopping centre where access was restricted.”