Italian crane manufacturer Raimondi Cranes erected one of its cranes to help build the new Tirana National Arena in Albania. It is the first time one of its cranes has been used in the country, the company said. The Raimondi MRT152 tower crane, with an under-hook height of 57 metres is helping to build the arena also known as the Arena Kombetare. The high-profile project covers 36,000 square metres. It will replace the country’s Qemal Stafa stadium. The new arena will have the capacity to hold 22,000 people and the project is costing an estimated Euro 50 million. It is a public private partnership (PPP) project that is being carried out by construction company AlbStar. It is expected to take around three years.
Raimondi said it overcame a number of challenges on the jobsite. “One of the challenges was that a crane with high load capacity and high freestanding height was required but, due to the ground configuration, we were requested to minimise the dimension of the plinth,” explained Domenico Ciano, technical director, Raimondi Cranes. “We worked on the plinth design to reduce its dimensions while respecting the rules and maintaining the correct safety margin.”