The incredible transport of a five-story building in China

26 October 2020, 06:28 am -03

Updated 1 hour ago

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Five-story Lagena primary school was built in 1935 in Shanghai, China

A 7,600 ton building was moved in Shanghai, China.

The five-story Lagena primary school, built in 1935, had to be relocated to make way for the construction of a new project nearby.

Instead of demolishing the building of historic value, engineers opted to fully lift the building and place it on 198 specially designed robotic legs, state media reported.

The thousands of tons of concrete construction were transported 61.7 meters across the city of eastern China.

Lagena School being moved

Credit, CCTV

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It is not the first time that such a property has been moved in Shanghai

According to the CCTV broadcaster, the transport was completed in 18 days and ended on October 15.

Now the building is being renovated for its historic preservation.

There are several methods of moving buildings, but platforms are usually used on rails or cranes of enormous capacity.

But the use of robotic legs with wheels, like those used at the Lagena school, was a new strategy applied by Chinese engineering.

Shanghai has experience in this field.

In 2017, a 135-year-old 2,000-ton Buddhist temple was moved about 30 meters to prevent fires from burning incense placed by visitors.

After 15 days of small movements, the historic property reached its final destination.

This year, China also attracted the world spotlight with another infrastructure project: the construction of a hospital with a capacity for 1,000 patients in just 10 days.

The medical center was installed in Wuhan, the city where the first coronavirus outbreak emerged, which eventually led to a global pandemic.


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