Six Construct picks Potain cranes for Abu Dhabi's Masdar homes

NFT installed two new Potain MDT 259 J12 CCS tower cranes at Masdar Institute Neighbourhood's construction site this January

Potain cranes are helping to build Masdar Institute Neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi.
Potain cranes are helping to build Masdar Institute Neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi.

Potain has been contracted to help build the Masdar Institute Neighbourhood project in Abu Dhabi.

Two new Potain MDT 259 J12 CCS tower cranes are being used for the residential complex, which is being developed by Masdar and Mubadala Development Company.

The 102,000m2 project has Six Construct, a part of the BESIX Group, working as its main contractor. Six Construct received Potain cranes for the project through the crane firm’s Abu Dhabi-based distribution partner, NFT Specialized in Tower Cranes.

NFT installed the cranes at the end of January, and the machines will see the project through to completion, which is scheduled for June 2019.

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The MDT 259 J12 has a maximum capacity of 12t, and a maximum tip capacity of 2.9t. Its maximum radius spans 65m, and hook height per base totals 71.2m.

Crane work on the project is being controlled through manufacturer Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS), which offers “a user-friendly interface, full graphic display, ergonomic controls, a jog dial for easier navigation and data input”, all of which help to enhanced “operator familiarisation and serviceability”.

Potain’s cranes are said to have been picked “for their high capacity”, Manitowoc said in a statement.

In September 2017, BESIX Group said its subsidiary would design and build the project, located within Abu Dhabi's Masdar City, in 30 months.

Designed as a "sustainable, compact, and walkable" community, Masdar Institute Neighbourhood’s buildings will span 56,200m2. Its nine buildings will provide residences for Masdar Institute's students, in addition to corporate accommodation and office spaces.

Six Construct was also contracted to build retail areas for the project. In a statement at the time, the contractor said it hoped to secure Estidama's Pearl 3 rating and LEED Platinum certification, for the development.

In March 2017, Hill International revealed it had been named by Masdar to provide project management services during the construction of Masdar Institute Neighborhood.

Hill revealed in a statement that its three-year contract had an estimated value of approximately $3.3m (AED12.2m).

READ: Cranes installed at construction site of Abu Dhabi's $1.2bn Reem Mall

The Masdar project is only one of Potain’s Abu Dhabi construction schemes – with NFT, the company is also helping to build the $1.2bn (AED4.4bn) Reem Mall in the UAE capital’s Najmat district.

Last week, NFT announced that it had installed 13 tower cranes for the Reem Mall development in less than five weeks.

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