Kennards Lift & Shift  supplied a 500kg capacity self-propelled glass lifter for the installation of glass panels at the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre being built in Katoomba.
Due to open by the end of the year, the Centre will house the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition.
The cultural centre is a collaborative enterprise involving Blue Mountains City Council, NSW Government and the Coles Group, with funding support from the federal government and Richard Crookes Constructions as the main contractor for the project.
Commercial Windows, a company that supplies framed and frameless glazing products for the commercial construction industry, was responsible for the installation of 32 glass panels at the Centre. The panels containing 28mm thick double glazed glass measured between 2200mm and 2700mm in width with each panel weighing up to 350kg.
Commercial Windows operations manager Simon Janissen explained that limited access at the site prevented the use of a crane with suction lifter. A few panels had already been installed manually, a laborious process that required eight people each time.
With the Kennards glass lifter, Commercial Windows was able to achieve the same work with one person operating it and three standing back and guiding the glass in. The machine was able to take the weight of the glass, which made the job easier and safer.
Kennards Lift & Shift offers several options in glass lifting equipment including smaller ride-on self-propelled machines with 350kg capacity, which are compact enough to fit through doorways.
A range of 12V glass lifters varying in capacity from 320kg to 635kg can be hired from all Kennards Lift & Shift branches around Australia.