March 13 - Staffordshire, UK headquartered heavy lift transportation specialist ALE has moved a farmhouse in Lent, the Netherlands.
The historically significant 450-tonne farmhouse belonged to a Netherlands based weather forecaster and dates back to the 1850s.
The farmhouse was moved due to the planned construction of a highway exit near to its original foundations.
ALE used 20 axles of SPMTs to shift the house 800 m. Poor ground conditions forced ALE to construct a temporary road to safely move the unusual load. The house was successfully transported and positioned on its new foundations using the hydraulic trailers in less than 10 hours.
Sjak Aerts engineering manager at ALE commented that in terms of size this was one of ALE's smaller projects but was no less challenging than some of its larger moves: "Not only was this someone's home, we also had the integrity of the building to accommodate for. The team overcame this through careful planning and ensuring that every detail of the move was planned and surveyed beforehand."