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Crane raises the roof

A GIANT mobile crane was used to help complete the buiding of what will be Bolton's biggest furniture showroom.

The final part of the roof panels were lifted into place on the £2 million Rivington Taylor development.

And the operation made for a dramatic scene on the Bolton skyline as it required a 250-ton crane with a massive 77 metre boom.

The crane, which Salford based firm Bluestone had fitted with a specially adapted fly-jib for the operation, was in position outside Rivington Taylor's premises on Manchester Road at 4am.

Mark Haslam, Director of Rivington Taylor, said: "The contractors had a difficult task in placing the roof panels in position due to the length of our new showroom.

"Because of the proximity to the railway station, they were restricted to carrying out the lift from the front of the building, next to the Orlando Bridge slip road and this meant they had to reach across the entire length of the new showroom which is considerable."

Due to the size of the crane being used, the whole operation needed to be clear before 8am when the rush hour traffic started to build up.

The company is owned and operated by Bolton couple, Mark and Alison Haslam.

Mr Haslam said: "This represents a significant investment for us. We have seen the opportunity for a quality furniture showroom, of significant size, in Bolton, for some time now."

The store is due to open in the Autumn.

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