Thursday, 31 March 2011
BIG yellow crane
Just had to show you this enormous crane (no, not another bird photo!) We were watching it from our office window and later, as I walked home, I saw it was still at work. You may recall a week or so ago I posted a picture of a dredger dragging up mud and rubbish from the bottom of the canal and depositing it in a floating skip. Well, the crane had come to lift the skips and the machinery out of the canal, setting them onto a series of low-loaders to be driven away. It's interesting, I think, that hiring this huge crane must be more economical (in money and/or time) than sailing the machinery along the canal to wherever it is needed next.
The crane was sited beside Salts Wharf. The town of Shipley is on the right. The old mill on the left is now apartments called Victoria Mills and the office block in the centre used to be part of HMRC (Tax Office) until it (the building, not HMRC!) was axed in the recent government cut-backs. It's now more or less an empty block, waiting to be re-let. The surfeit of empty office space round here has not stopped developers preparing a site across the road to build another new block!