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In pictures: Tiny crane placed on top of Renzo Piano’s London Shard

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A compact mini-crane has been lifted 238 metres to the top of Renzo Piano’s almost complete Shard skyscraper in London

The six tonne capacity Unic URW-706 mini spider crane was dismantled into two and lifted by a tower crane onto the 87th floor of the building being built by main contractor Mace and due to be completed later this year, reported sister title Construction News.

The machine’s positioning sets a new record for the highest ever compact crane in Britain, according to hire company GGR.

The mini crane and its operators will be working from the rooftop for the next few months to lift glass panels from a storage unit on the 62nd floor onto the levels above on the north and west sides of the building.

A total of 11,000 angled glass panels will eventually cover The Shard’s façade which has been specially designed to reflect the London skyline.

GGR Group’s managing director, Gill Riley said: ‘This iconic landmark is going to make a big impact across the London skyline and we are thrilled our cranes have been a part of this exciting project.

‘It’s definitely the highest point we’ve ever taken one of our Unic cranes to, luckily our operators that are working on site have a good head for heights!’

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