CONSTRUCTION workers will get some of the best views of Durham City and the surrounding area following the installation of a 68-metre-tall lifting tower crane.

Positioned at the heart of the six-acre site on Durham’s Riverside, the Saez S-65 crane, which is taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, will play an instrumental role in the construction of the first phase of Milburngate over the next 18 months.

The crane has been positioned in what will be the location of one of the four Everyman boutique cinema screens with the building being constructed around the base of the crane until close to completion when it will be dismantled.

Supplied by London Tower Cranes, it is controlled by an operative in a cab at the apex of the tower and jib and is directed by a banksman at ground level via radio.

With a ten-tonne capacity, the tower crane will support logistical operations for the construction of Milburngate.

Michael Rutherford, project director for Tolent, said: “The arrival of the first of three tower cranes on site at Milburngate marks a significant milestone in our construction activity. Over the coming months, the site will really start to take shape as the various elements within the development start to become more visible.

“We’ve been working over the past ten months with our experienced civil engineering team to prepare the site and we’re now really starting to see the vision of Milburngate become a reality.”