A year after marking its 40th anniversary with the acquisition of three Liebherr cranes, London rental business Lee Lifting Services has followed up by bringing on board its biggest-ever machine, a 230tcapacity LTM 1230-5.1.
Equipped with two winches, hydraulic fly jib and remote control, the five-axle Liebherr becomes the flagship of the fleet, taking the title from a 220-tonner. It has an eight-section, 75-metre main boom and can carry 22 tonnes of counterweight in the UK with a maximum counterweight of 72 tonnes.
In addition to general rental and contract lifting operations, Lee Lifting has carved out a niche as the ‘go to’ crane hirer for the film and television industry, providing lifting equipment for the UK’s major studiosand production companies on functions ranging from set building to aerial stunts, special effects, cameraand lighting. Credits include work on the James Bond, Marvel & Mission Impossible franchises.
The company operates from a base near Heathrow Airport with easy access to Central London and the Pinewood, Leavesden, Shepperton, Longcross and Elstree studios.
Director Jody Whitmore said: ‘When selecting new machines we have very different criteria to traditional crane hire companies. Steve knows what we need the cranes to do and we can be confident we are getting the right tool for the job that is both high quality and, more importantly, reliable, which in the time pressures of the media industry is critical. We chose this crane as a further step forward in our fleet in terms of boom length, capacity and technology’.