Craning my neck

How on earth do they do it? The fact that tower cranes stand up at all is miraculous enough. Obviously they are carefully engineered, deal with wind loads etc. but sometimes one wonders how they stay there – never mind coping with the lifts. But what about this one, on the latest sloping building going up opposite the Cheesegrater and next to the Lloyds building in London’s Leadenhall Street?

Obviously there is some mega structure inside supporting this, but it does look strange – it doesn’t appear to be all that far off the skyhook so beloved of ambitious but impractical architecture students.

In this case though it is stable and vital – a reminder that, while the architect may imagine wonders, it is the contractor who makes them happen. 

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