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Eight Raimondi tower cranes installed for Sharjah's $6.5bn Aljada

MRT223 to build Zaha Hadid-designed Aljada Sales Centre, while seven MRT111s to support materials lifting at 220ha site

Seven MRT111 and one MRT223 cranes will support Aljada's construction.
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Seven MRT111 and one MRT223 cranes will support Aljada's construction.

Progress has been made on the $6.5bn (AED24bn) Aljada megaproject in Sharjah, with the KBW Investments-held Raimondi Cranes installing eight topless tower cranes for the development that is being built by Arada.

The lot of eight includes seven Raimondi MRT111s and one Raimondi MRT223 machines. The single MRT223 flat-top has been commissioned for the construction of Aljada Sales Centre, which was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Meanwhile, the seven MRT111s have been put into service at the 220ha Aljada site for lifting materials as part of its ongoing construction programme.

The MRT111s have a maximum lifting capacity of eight tonnes (t) and cater to freestanding heights. In a statement, the Italian manufacturer said the cranes can be easily relocated as the project progresses.

While the MRT111's jib lengths range from 50-60m, the MRT223’s jib spans 70m.

Commenting on the installation of the cranes, Wael Hasan, Middle East commercial director at Raimondi Cranes, described Aljada as “a transformational project that is historic in size and scope”.

According to Hassan, Raimondi Cranes brought on-board supervisors and teams in three groups to install the cranes.

“The erections took approximately one day per crane and involved liaising closely with the Arada development team," Hasan added.

"Raimondi was pleased to extend our support by executing the crane erection site planning.”  

Aljada's first homes are due for handover by the end of 2019, and the entire project is expected to be completed by 2025. 

Developer Arada recently also launched the 3.5ha Nest student accommodation complex within Aljada.

In January 2019, it was announced that Nurol Construction had picked two Raimondi luffing jib cranes to build Corniche Tower, an Abu Dhabi waterfront development owned by HH Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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