Five Raimondi’s Flat-top tower cranes for new hospital

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Raimondi Cranes has delivered five new flat top tower cranes to the Santa Chiara Hospital Centre, a development consortium in Pisa, Italy, which when complete will be one of Europe’s largest medical facilities.

The deal includes four, 12-tonne Raimondi MRT234s and one 10-tonne MRT189. The MRT234s feature 70-metre jibs with a 2.25-tonne jib tip capacity, and have been erected at heights ranging between 34.5 to 64.1 metres. The MRT189 has a 65-metre jib with a jib tip capacity of 2.2 tonnes and an ‘under the hook’ height of 49.2 metres. It has been equipped with increased rope storage capacity and a new more durable gearbox. The cranes will be on site for at least 36 months.

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Raimondi commercial director Cristian Badin said: “We are extremely proud to support NSCH with the sale of these five Raimondi tower cranes as we are contributing to strengthening the country’s national healthcare network. The decision to deploy these machines was mainly based on good lifting capacity. The high jib tip load of these two models was an added value for this project as it boosts productivity.”

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“When we were planning the crane installation, we considered two key factors. Easy installation was of primary importance as it would require occupying the main road leading to the existing hospital, so naturally smooth, fast, and safe erection procedures were a key priority. Secondly, a detailed study of each crane position was required to avoid oversailing of properties and other machines.”

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The new Santa Chiara Hospital Centre will be one of the most modern healthcare facilities in Europe accommodating more than 660 beds, 20 operating theatres along with a medical research and training centre which is part of the Santa Chiara university of medicine. The old Santa Chiara hospital, located near the leaning tower, traces its roots to A.D 325, when Emperor Constantine issued a set of rules that imposed Christian charity, relief of the poor, and the construction of a hospital in each major city. The site will be redeveloped once the move has taken place.

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