Westfield Stratford City is now Europe’s largest urban shopping complex and is home to 250 shops and 70 places to eat and drink, 1.9 million square feet of retail and leisure. GGR Group has been involved with a range of exciting construction and glazing projects at Westfield Stratford City, including fitting 200 glass shop fronts for popular high street names such as H&M, Superdry and Nike using Unic mini spider cranes and glass vacuum lifters.
GGR Group set up their own depot at the Westfield Stratford City site, with a range of vacuum lifters, cranes and expert operators ready to tackle challenging glazing jobs and provide technical support. During the course of the project, the depot accommodated around 30 cranes and vacuum lifters, 120 A-frames and 20 operators to meet demand, with cranes being regularly taken back to GGR Group’s Thame headquarters to be fully serviced.
To fit glazing into both upper and lower levels of fashionables stores such as H&M, GGR Group used their compact Unic glass spider crane and Kombi 7211-DS2 vacuum lifter with lockable tilt function to install dozens of 500kg glass units with ease. This popular piece of equipment was also used at the Superdry store, with its dual circuit vacuum system acting as an extra safety device.
GGR Group’s range of mini cranes and vacuum lifters had the capacity to install everything from laminated glass to luxury ultra-clear, low-iron glass. Other glass lifting machines that proved a hit at Westfield were the Woods Power-grip MRTA6 ‘Quadra-Tilt’ with its flexible frame configurations, the DSZ2 Slimline model for lifting in restricted spaces and the ‘4-in-line’ model for long slim sheets of glass.
As specialists in lifting for the construction industry since the company opened in 1995, GGR Group lived up to its reputation of being able to provide quick and safe methods of completing potentially complicated jobs in time for the big launch. Managing Director, Gill Riley was personally on site for the final three weeks of the project to ensure that all work would be finished on time and Westfield Stratford City were happy with the service.
Keith Whitmore, Head of Design and Construction, Westfield Stratford City said, “Having GGR Group’s equipment and operators on site was ideal as we could rely on them to make sure all their lifting jobs were conducted safely. Their mini cranes and vacuum lifters were perfect for use inside the shopping centre where access was restricted.”