An airport première

New GEDA 3700 Z/ZP transport platform put to use at Zurich Airport

Intensive building work has been underway at Zurich Airport since November 2013. Due to the anticipated rise in passenger numbers over the next ten years, Flughafen Zürich AG is expanding the car park facilities, including Car Park P6 East. The construction work is being supported by the new GEDA 3700 Z/ZP transport platform which is celebrating its première in Zurich.

The biggest airport in Switzerland, Zurich Airport is operated by the listed Flughafen Zürich AG – and with proven success, as in 2014 the airport located only 13 km north of the centre of Zurich won the World Travel Award category of “Europe’s Leading Airport” for the eleventh year in succession.

Therefore to continue this positive trend and to make the experience of the airport’s 36 million annual passengers as enjoyable as possible, the 880 hectare site is constantly being upgraded to the latest standards as regards architecture and facilities. And over the last few years there has been considerable investment in the car parks. Short routes and ease of access to the check-in areas are the objective, and this is now being reflected in the current extension of Car Park 6.

Reaching for the skies in Zurich

The project involves extending all levels of the existing 12-floor Car Park 6 in an easterly direction. The south-facing façade will adopt the external appearance of the existing car park, with the continuous façade design creating the impression of a unified complex. It is a steelwork/concrete composite structure and is physically independent of the Car Park 6 building.
The building works require that construction workers, as well as a whole range of materials, be transported along the car park or upwards.
Therefore the decision was made to use a transport platform from the Bavarian manufacturer GEDA-Dechentreiter GmbH & Co. KG. for the necessary height access technology. GEDA’s long-standing partner in Switzerland, the company ALCLIC AG, rented the device to the local construction company responsible for the site.
This is a very special construction site for both GEDA and ALCLIC as the GEDA 3700 Z/ZP transport platform is a new innovation from GEDA which is being used for the very first time on the car park extension at Zurich Airport.

The new kid on the block celebrates its première at Zurich Airport

As a pure material hoist with a load capacity of up to 3700 kg or as a transport platform for people and materials for a maximum of seven people the GEDA 3700 Z/ZP is a two-in-one-device.
The transport platform is a strong partner for heavy loads and efficient work methods and transports people and materials quickly and safely up to a height of 100 metres.
However the most important benefit of the GEDA 3700 Z/ZP platform is its covered roof. With dimensions of 5.00 x 2.90 metres (depending on the platform variants), it is ideally suited for the transport of bulky materials. The hoisting speed is 12 m/min in people transportation mode and 24 m/min in materials transportation mode.

With the introduction of the GEDA 3700 Z/ZP, GEDA is offering a device that will fully meet the market requirements for higher load capacities and larger platforms. Four different platform variants with a maximum load capacity of 3700 kg mean that “the new kid on the block” can be used in a wide range of specific on-site conditions.
The assembly height of the GEDA 3700 Z/ZP on the extension of the Car Park East will be 38 metres with six landings.

Ready for take-off in November 2016

So that the planned operation is ready for take-off in November 2016, the GEDA 3700 Z/ZP transport platform will still be in use providing valuable transportation services for a few more months at Zurich Airport along the new car park building.
GEDA, the height access specialists, will of course also be exhibiting the new GEDA 3700 Z/ZP transport platform at bauma 2016 in Munich which takes place from 11 - 17 April. On Stand FS.1004/1 visitors to the trade show will be able to see the unique benefits of the new device for themselves in a live environment.