Potain duo chosen to build Lyon's tallest building

Two Potain tower cranes are working 14-hour days to build Tour Incity

Bouygues' Potain MD 550 and MDT 222 have been working at the Lyon job site since 2013.
Bouygues' Potain MD 550 and MDT 222 have been working at the Lyon job site since 2013.

A pair of Potain tower cranes have been enlisted to build Tour Incity in Lyon, France.

A 16-tonne-capacity Potain MD 550 and a 12-tonne-capacity MDT 222, both owned by the project’s main contractor, Bouygues, have been working 14 hours per day to build the 200m-tall tower.

On completion, Tour Incity will be the tallest building in Lyon, and the third tallest in France.

“Big projects need smart and efficient solutions,” explained Alexandre Chanteclair, EMEA product manager at Potain.

“Our Lift Solutions team worked closely with Bouygues to design the perfect lifting solution. Erecting the MDT 222 internally minimises the two cranes’ footprints on the job site, while giving the crane the optimum capacity over the maximum area of the job site.

“It also ensures the cranes can work at a good pace without causing problems for the local area,” he added.

The Potain duo’s demanding schedule is necessary because of the project’s inner-city location. Flanked by a busy road, a school, and a shopping mall, work must adhere to a strict schedule in order to limit disruption to the local area. Despite such obstacles, the contractor remains confident that the MD 550 and MDT 222 are up to the task.

“We are absolutely convinced that the Potain cranes will deliver to the high standards and strict schedule we demand,” said Julian Bargues, Bouygues’ jobsite manager for the Tour Incity project.

“Working in such a tight space means we need very precise load control and smooth movement; two things [for which] we know Potain cranes are ideal,” he explained.

Erected in 2013, the tower cranes are being used to lift general construction materials in loads of up to 16 tonnes. Both units are climbing at a rate of 15m per month, and are set to reach final working heights of 280m.

Tour Incity is a mixed-use commercial development located at the heart of Lyon’s business district. The tower, which will take a total of 30 months to complete, will comprise 44,000m2 of offices and four restaurants.


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