June 20 - Terex Cranes has deployed its CBR self-erecting tower crane to help sensitive restoration works at Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.
Phnom Bakhen is the oldest temple complex at Angkor dating back to the ninth century and over time has suffered at the hands of weathering and degradation. In 2006 the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and APSARA National Authority embarked on a campaign to document the site and develop a conservation programme.
To aid the restoration, WMF decided the best way to access the damaged areas of the shrine was to deploy a self-erecting tower crane for lifting and placing materials.
According to Ben Haley, WMF communications manager: "The WMF opted to invest in a Terex CBR 24 Plus which can be erected quickly and easily and allows us to lift the stone blocks and other materials up to a maximum of two tonnes or up to its maximum radius of 24 metres.
"And because of the remote position of Phnom Bakheng and the hot, humid climate, having quality components and a fully galvanised structure was a big advantage. Since being installed, the crane has worked perfectly," Haley added.