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Riwal platforms play key role in car park construction

A mini fleet of eight aerial platforms supplied by Riwal UK is supporting the construction of lift and stair cores for a car park at one of Liverpool’s most important tourist and destination sites.

The articulating aerial booms are being used by Concast Construction to build five eight-storey cores for the steel-framed multi-storey car park at Kings Dock on the Liverpool waterfront.

Wilmot Dixon is the main contractor for the £30m project to replace the Echo Arena car park which was destroyed by fire on December 31st 2017, along with more than 1,000 cars.

The Riwal diesel-powered access booms – two JLG 450AJs, two JLG 600AJs, two JLG 800AJs and two JLG 1250AJPs – are being used to install and grout reinforced concrete panels that make up each core.

Concast Construction Site Manager Phil Agnew said: “The Riwal machines are doing a very good job for us. As each core grows, we switch machines to give us greater working height.

“Our teams can support the core installation process with two booms located at fixed positions. Riwal also collects and delivers the platforms as we need them, so our costs are minimised.”

Each floor – made up of six wall panels, four stair sections and two floor slabs – takes approximately two days to install, with each core completed in just under three weeks. 

Concast Construction’s installation team uses the JLG booms to support the craning in of each panel. Then a grouting team uses the aerial platforms to fill the panel joints with structural grout.

Riwal UK’s National Commercial Manager, Lee Rigby, said: “We’re pleased that the Concast Construction team are getting good use from Riwal’s access booms.

“Providing precisely the right platforms just when they are needed is a key part of Riwal’s service promise to control customer costs and make best use of space on busy construction sites.”

The JLG 450AJ has a maximum working height of 15.77m, the JLG 600AJ can reach 20.46m, the JLG 800 maximum working height is 26.38m and the JLG 1250AJP can be raised to 40.3m.

The new Kings Dock car park will have 1,454 spaces and is being built on behalf of Liverpool City Council. It is due to open in summer 2020.


Riwal - Kings Dock car park