How do they get cranes down off really really tall buildings?

Beetham Tower, Manchester is the tallest residential building in the UK. I've been watching it's progress for a while. I am fascinated as to how they get the crane to the top of the building and get it down again. A friend suggested that they build the structure around it but I'm not quite sure if that'd work cos how would you get it out again?! Does anyone know? - I'm looking for any form of website that can help or even advice from a crane operator or builder. It's driving me insane trying to figure it out and now my friends are going mad trying to find out too!! The tower is 171m tall!

Asked By: sammydog_uk - 9/15/2006
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It depends on how tall you mean by really tall. As far as a normal tall building goes: they have mobile cranes which can go very high. These are used to erect and dismantle the site cranes at the beginning and end of a job. For really stupidly tall buildings (such as the Burj Dubai being built in Dubai: destined to... More
Answered By: Steve-Bob - 9/15/2006
Additional Answers (11)
They dismantle the crane on the roof, and swing the parts down on a winch to a truck below, I believe.
Answered By: A Linnie - 9/15/2006
sometimes they seal them off in the building in case they need to use them again
Answered By: nas8caror300 - 9/15/2006
cranes are erected on the floor upwards and would not sit on a building, unless you know something i don't.
Answered By: katrina - 9/15/2006
My step brother says that they leave the crane tower inside of the building and dismatle the crane top and bring it down a piece at a time through the tower interior. The crane is mostly expendable, they only re-use the hoisting parts and the rest is scrapped out.
Answered By: cindy_lou_percy - 9/15/2006
Tall Mast cranes (looks like a giant T) take themselves down... More
Answered By: boter_99 - 9/15/2006
crane operator earn good First thing is contractor build up crane then they built bulilding around or near it then Dismantle part by part after finishing construction work it look srange to passer bye
Answered By: rav - 9/15/2006
It seems daft but they use a crane.
Answered By: GARY E - 9/15/2006
They don't, they melt them down on site to make the door knockers for the top floor flats. Didn't you know?
Answered By: John B - 9/15/2006
They are sectional... once the building is assembled, around the crane tower, it's easy to reach the parts of the crane tower from inside the building, and dismantle it... More
Answered By: IanP - 9/15/2006
You dismantle them
Answered By: Angel5 - 9/16/2006
in the lift like every thing else
Answered By: KEN Wong wight - 9/16/2006
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