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Up on the Roof – Wigan welcomes mega-crane for Life Centre’s top deck
Monday 17th May, 2010

Need a lift?

Well they don’t come much bigger than the one heading Wigan town centre’s way as the town prepares to play host to one of the biggest cranes in the country.

Work on Wigan’s exciting multi-million pound new Life Centre is gathering pace and on Friday May 21 construction crews will be ready to put the main roof truss on the impressive new building.

The truss is a mammoth metal structure that is 38 metres long, weighs a whopping 52 tonnes and is 8 meters in depth. It provides the main support frame for the building’s roof.

And with a structure of that size you’re going to need a big crane.
Which is why Life Centre construction firm Morgan Ashusrt is bringing in a massive 1,000 tonne mobile crane.
The crane is so big that it has four of its own 150 tonne ‘slave’ cranes and will be brought into the town centre under police escort on seven low-loaders.

To minimise disruption the crane will be brought into the town centre at 5am. It will be put it together on Friday and will swing into action on the Saturday (May 22). The whole operation is hoped to be complete by 7pm the following day (Sunday).

“We are thrilled at the prospect of taking a major step forward in this exciting project,” says Brian Barritt, Morgan Ashurst senior contracts manager.“The crane is so big it will be supported by seven lorries which will bring along other sections of the crane. This is a major operation but as one of the biggest construction companies in the UK we are confident it will all go smoothly. We are just keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.”

The Wigan Life Centre is a £187M project to create a one-stop shop for all public services delivered in the borough by the council and its partners. Public services will be located in three zones – Healthy Living, Information and Learning and Neighbourhoods. There will also be a new 25-metre and learner swimming pool, in addition to a gymnasium, café and communal area designed to bring together members of the community.

Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith says: “It is really exciting that we can see this major project literally beginning to take shape.

“The Life Centre illustrates the council and its partners’ commitment to providing the very best in public services and will be a real asset to our borough.

“In the difficult economic times we face it is more important than ever to deliver such high quality investment projects that not only provide the services people have asked us for but also create jobs and boost the local economy.

“We have kept residents and the town centre business community informed about progress on the Life Centre every step of the way and we thank them for being part of the project. The installation of the roof truss really does show that we reaching an exciting part of this important project.”

Anyone coming into to the town centre to see the crane is advised to use public transport to avoid congestion. Motorists are urged to use either the Chapel Lane or Grand Arcade car parks.

For more information on the Wigan Life Centre visit the Wigan Life website: www.wiganlife.com

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