In the heart of The Rocks, the oldest and most historic district of Sydney, renovation works have been completed on Campbell’s Cove, a small and picturesque bay located between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, two of the city’s iconic landmarks.
A model in our Zeus range of telehandlers was heavily involved in the redevelopment.
Thanks to its power, compact dimensions and variety of available accessories, the Dieci telehandler was periodically used in numerous tasks, including:
- earthworks (increasing the width of the jetty to 10 metres)
- repaving (transporting and laying thousands of stone slabs)
- upgrading of utility services (installation of new electrics and lighting, water and communication systems)
TELEHANDLERS IN RENOVATION WORK
There are many reasons why a telehandler is indispensable for renovation, redevelopment or conservative restoration work, but the main one is the vehicle’s great versatility. (link to building#renovation pillar)
Renovating a historic and fragile district such as Campbell’s Cove is like opening a can of worms. During the design phase it is impossible to predict what setbacks may arise: architectural plans may be non-existent or unreliable, while government departments in charge of cultural heritage often impose constraints and limitations.
That said, let’s find out why having a Dieci telehandler onsite is a big advantage.
- The models in the Dieci telehandler range have a height/reach capacity ranging from 5.78 m to 30 m and a load capacity of between 2500 kg and 23,000 kg.
- They can be equipped with diverse accessories, such as forks, buckets, lifting hooks, baskets, winches, capstans and extension trestles with hook. In this way a single vehicle can be converted into multiple work tools.
- In addition, the vehicles are simple and intuitive to use. This enables operators to start using it immediately after undergoing a basic training session, so construction companies can rotate their staff without worrying about the availability of skilled drivers.
- Last, but not least, our telehandlers are equipped with safety systems that limit human error and always prioritise the safety of people and property.
THE ROCKS TODAY: HOW REDEVELOPMENT HAS TRANSFORMED THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
At the end of the 19th century, the district was regarded (like St Pauli in Hamburg, Prè in Genoa and similar districts in all port cities during the period) as the seedy side of Sidney, an area for mooring merchant ships, a base for warehouses and a haunt for that special breed of seafaring folk that has always gravitated around ports.
Now, following the end of a redevelopment project costing over 32 million Australian dollars, The Rocks district has been given a new lease of life, becoming a meeting place full of parks, museums, cultural activities, concerts and sporting events. Particularly during evenings and weekends, the neighbourhood draws thousands of the city’s inhabitants, most of them young, who are attracted by the clubs and bars and the numerous events taking place there.
The Rocks, and Campbell’s Cove in particular, have become major attractions not only for Sydney residents, but also for the 14 million visitors from all over the world who visit the area every year, generating 400 million dollars in revenue. A decidedly sound investment, both for the New South Wales Treasury and for the history and culture of this wonderful city.