GEDA in position on the highest office building in Poland
GEDA PH 2032 650 Twin supports construction work on the highest building in Warsaw
Soon to be Warsaw's highest building, Warsaw Spire has been under construction since 2011. The office building will be packed full of innovations and will set new architectural benchmarks. GEDA-Dechentreiter GmbH & Co. KG is supporting the building work with one of its construction hoists.
This mega-construction site was originally the home of the building complex incorporating state-owned Bellona S.A., a book and magazine publisher and printer. Due to high debts the publisher had been for sale for years before the company Eastern Europe, a subsidiary of the Belgian property development company Ghelamco, was awarded the contract to build Warsaw Spire.
The core building in the centre of Warsaw will be 188 metres high and with the Spire, hence its name, it will soar upwards to a total height of 220 metres. In this building approximately 60,000 square metres of usable space will be created, primarily for offices. The particularly complex architecture of the main building will be captivating – oval in design, it has been fitted with a tapered additional external glass façade which envelops the structure like a coat. This glass façade is open on one side and it lavishly projects upwards over the core building. The colossus is flanked by two further buildings, each 55 metres high and each with around 20,000 m² of usable space.
Warsaw Spire is a construction site of superlatives in every regard. Around 500 people and five cranes are working permanently on the highest building in Poland. Upon its completion, the complex will meet the latest environmental requirements. It was not without reason that in 2011 the architecture of Warsaw Spire designed by Jaspers & Eyers Partners won first place in the Eurobuild Awards 2011 in the category for the most challenging architecture projects of the year. The costs of the building project are also immense. The total construction sum will amount to EUR 250 million.
The solutions which support the construction of the unique office tower must therefore be technically robust, efficient and safe. In addition, an extremely tight schedule has to be adhered to.
Therefore, for the height access technology the construction company responsible decided to use a construction hoist from Ramirent Poland's comprehensive rental equipment stock. They selected a GEDA PH 2032 650 Twin personnel and materials hoist from the Bavarian manufacturer GEDA-Dechentreiter GmbH & Co. KG.
The GEDA height access specialists are by no means unknown in Poland. German technology has already scored highly in the construction of the 160 metre high "Cosmopolitan Twarda" and therefore served as a winning reference site for its use on Warsaw Spire.
GEDA PH 2032 650 Twin – Bavarian technology for Warsaw's highest building
The benefits of this construction hoist are clear to see. The hoist has a lifting speed of 0-40-65-90 m/min with a maximum lifting height of 400 metres. A total of up to 25 people or an overall material weight of 2,000 kg can be transported on the spacious 1.55 x 3.20 metre platform. A PH double car is used on Warsaw Spire. This means that two cars – one on the left and one on the right side of the mast – can travel upwards and downwards independently of each other. The assembly height on Warsaw's highest office tower is 180 metres.
Depending on the requirements and circumstances of the construction site, the GEDA PH series can be adjusted to the necessary specifications such as platform size, lifting speed and lifting height. For example, the unloading ramp of the device in Warsaw has been specifically adapted to the construction site conditions in the middle of the city centre.
Due to the complex architecture of Warsaw Spire, a special mounting had to be developed to anchor the mast sections.
The standard controls of level pre-selection, automatic or fully-automatic can be selected individually for each model. Different door systems in combination with the appropriate and requested electrically/mechanically locked landing gates round off the profile of the PH series.
Safe is better
GEDA landing level safety gates in the Standard Basic design ensure the safe transfer between the hoist and the 48 landings of Warsaw Spire. Another winning feature are the hot dip galvanized doors which are simple to assemble and can be installed either to open on the left or on the right. The already well-known safety features such as the speed-dependent GEDA arrester, overload protection, as well as limit switches at the top and bottom levels, are of course part of the standard package.
With a lead of 12 metres, Warsaw Spire will supplant the directly adjacent Warsaw Trade Tower which was previously the tallest building in Warsaw. This mega project in the centre of Warsaw is still due to be completed this year. GEDA has once again overcome all the challenges posed by the sophisticated architecture and a tight schedule and ensured the reliable and safe transportation of materials up and down Warsaw's highest building.