Preston (VIC) was recently engaged for the supply of a Unic URW-706 mini crane to facilitate the construction of the Peter Doherty Institute.

The design of the $210 million development, located within the ‘Parkville Medical Precinct’ on the Corner of Elizabeth St and Grattan St in Melbourne, provides for 12 levels plus two basement levels.

Construction began in May 2011 and is due for completion in late 2013. The building incorporates a 200-seat auditorium, microbiology and immunology teach facilities and fully accredited laboratories.

The Unic URW-706 was selected by the contractor because of its compactness and attractive lifting capabilities. This was of particular importance due to a tight workspace in a busy, inner city construction site.

The mini crane was required to erect structural steel on the top level of the building to assist construction of a plant room that will house the Institute’s mechanical services.

In facilitating the lift, Preston removed the mini crane’s outriggers on the ground and reassembled the mini crane at the top of the building. This lightened the overall weight of the mini crane and provided relief to the tower crane in performing the heavy lift.