Crane Hire - 4 Views From The Top

Okay, so your crane hire plans probably don’t involve trying to create the tallest building in the world – but have you ever thought of the views you can get from the tops of cranes during the building process?

The Evening Standard covered the story of John Young, the crane operator dubbed “the highest man in Europe” as he operated on top of London’s Shard in 2012. He told them that he never tired of the spectacular views, so we thought we’d share four of the best views from the highest buildings in the world, so you can experience some of the views these crane drivers encountered daily during the build process.

All four of the astounding buildings below have viewing decks open to the public, so you don’t have to hire a crane and build one of these monsters – just take a swift elevator ride straight up!

London’s The Shard opened up its viewing deck to members of the public in February 2013, and visitors can obtain a 40-mile view from this architectural icon on a clear day (if the weather won’t clear during your trip, your ticket will be valid to visit again on a clearer day). From the 72nd floor’s observation tower, the views are dizzying. The whole building stands at 1,016 feet.

Crane atop the Shard

The Burj Khalifa towers over Dubai 2,717 feet below. Named the tallest building in the world in 2010, this  Visit the “At the Top” observation deck soaring at 555 metres, this is the world’s highest outdoor observation deck. Emma’s chairman Mohamed Alabbar has descfribed the Burj as “the Arab world’s ttribute to the art and science of modern engineering and design.”

crane view from Burj Khalifa

The Shanghai World Financial Centre reaches 1,614 feet, and provides an amazing view over Shanghai’s amazing variety of futuristic architecture. 

crane's eye view from shanghai financial centre

 Though your crane hire plans might not be as extraordinary as the buildings created above, don’t waste your chance to get a different perspective on your surroundings, and on the build itself.


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Lauren King

Lauren works in our Ecommerce Team, with over 6 years of experience at HSS. She brings product knowledge and is able to give her advice on the right tool for the job no matter how big or small.


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