Last week we took delivery of the crane, which will now be in residence on the East Side of the Mansion until August. There was much excitement as the crane boom seemed to rise from a very compact area to extend to its full length.
To many visitors’ amusement a man was soon seen dangling from the the crane as the engineers calibrated the weight and lifting.
The crane is here to lift the steel components of the new roof as well as the aluminum gutters, outer lantern for the Nash Staircase and the glass. In order to keep the crane steady there are 50 tonnes of concrete blocks providing ballast. You can see them best through the Boudoir window.
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