Skyjacks for London landmarks

By Euan Youdale17 August 2016

Skyjack SJIII 3219 DC electric scissors line up in preparation for use at Nova, Victoria in London

Skyjack SJIII 3219 DC electric scissors line up in preparation for use at Nova, Victoria in London

A fleet of Skyjack electric scissors and vertical mast lifts are helping to build two new landmarks in London, UK.

Nova, Victoria, a luxury development in central London, and the new European headquarters for Bloomberg, a business, financial information and media company.

“Requirements can vary from one site to the next, from limited access to the work area, weight-sensitive floors, as well as those awkward-to-reach places,” said Alec Ullmer, national sales manager of rental company Advanced Access Platforms, which is supplying the Skyjack machines to the developers.

On completion in October, Nova, Victoria, which sits on 5.5 acres of land in the heart of London’s prestigious West End, will house 170 luxury apartments, shops, offices, bars and restaurants.

A combination of around 50 Skyjack machines - including SJIII 3219 DC electric scissors, SJ16 vertical mast lifts, SJ6832 rough terrain scissors and SJ51 articulating booms - are helping a number of contractors install fire protection equipment, as well as electrical and other mechanical construction work. At Bloomberg’s new site, nearly 30 SJIII 3219 DC electric scissors and SJ16 vertical mast lifts are helping carry out the same type of work, as well as glass façade installations.

On Bloomberg’s website, Michael Bloomberg, founder of the media conglomerate Bloomberg LP, is quoted as saying: “With this building we are creating a lasting legacy for Bloomberg and for the City of London. It’s a building that our business needs and that our people deserve and will stand as a symbol of our past successes and our future ambitions.”

Sutton-based Advanced Access Platforms provides aerial work platforms, booms, scissor lifts, and other specialist machinery to development schemes. The company is adding 91 new Skyjack machines to its fleet this year, bring its total fleet to more than 400 Skyjack unites – which equates to nearly 75% of its product range.

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