On the Cornish south coast’s Lizard peninsula, Panther is working towards an October 2011 deadline to help contractor BAM Nuttall finish building the new £7.5 million Lizard Lifeboat Station.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is replacing the existing lifeboat station so the site can accommodate new Tamar class lifeboats, which are much larger than those currently in use.
Panther, part of the UK’s largest powered access operation, Lavendon Access Services, also donated £500 to the project.
The project has used various forms of powered access, including specialist machines such as the CTE 135 tracked machine and the Skyjack TK46 sub-zero machine.
The CTE 135 is compact, easily transportable, but still offers 13.5m of working height. It was brought onto the work site by a crane and used in the initial construction process of the building that will actually house the new lifeboats.
The Skyjack TK46 was used from a work platform in conjunction with a crane to assist the building of the lifeboat station’s slip way. The TK46 is one of the only articulated telescopic boom that provides access below the machine – offering a down or ‘negative’ reach of minus 6 metres – a feature that was particularly relevant on this project.
Glen Parrott, General Foreman on the project, said: “Panther supplied us with some excellent mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs), some of which are very hard to find. Our project was constructed from sea, using a jack-up barge. We needed access below the barge to place 23 ton concrete transoms and fit slipway sections. After a lot of searching, I made contact with Jessica Tune from Panther Liskeard who suggested we used a TK46."
Panther's specialist platform is moved into position by crane ahead of work on the RNLI's project in Cornwall.
Mr Parrott continued: “The second part of our construction project was to build a lifeboat station at the bottom of a cliff some 60m below. Access was by a tower crane using a 70m jib section.
"Using such a crane made it very hard to deliver any machine weighing more than 2 tonnes onto the structure.
"Again with some input from the Panther Liskeard depot, we went for the CTE 135, which was easily transported by the crane to provide the access required for our team to work on the lifeboat station.
"My thanks go to the Panther Liskeard team, especially Jessica who made life a lot easier for me.”