Spanish crane contractor Grúas Rigar used a Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 telescopic crane to relocate one of the three massive construction cranes at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Work was started on the construction of the Roman Catholic basilica, Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona in 1882. The church designed by Antoni Gaudi has still not been completed. Current plans are to finish the structure in 2026 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. At that point the Sagrada Familia will be 172.5 m high, in other words more than 11 m higher than the current highest church tower in the world, Ulm Minster.
Despite the fact that the road was closed, the Rigar team had very little space available to deliver the eight-axle mobile crane and its accessories. Using 165 tonne of ballast and a 70 m luffing jib, it dismantled the construction crane and later reassembled it at a different location. The Rigar team impressed everybody on site by the precision and smooth way in which they completed the job.