Alimak hoists help restore the Eiffel tower

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Alimak hoists were seen by millions when used in the renovation of the classical monument in 1983. Thousands of tons of iron had to be removed and the crucial problem was, that during the restoration period, the tower had to be open to visitors. In the 1990s it was time for further renovations, and more assistance from Alimak.

The Grand Old Lady in Paris has undergone a health control. It confirmed that the tower was in good shape, but needed a rejuvenation treatment. To stay young, it must lose some weight – a few thousand tons. Then it must be strengthened by reinforcing some of its limbs. And finally be provided with new veins by replacing the elevators between the second and the third floor. The problem is that during all this time the tower must be in full activity: the incessant stream of visitors must continue to circulate between the floors.

It was necessary to find an independent means of transport for material and passengers. Difficult, very difficult because from the ground to the first floor there is nothing but air under the vault, thus no points of fixation. The solution came from Alimak, pioneer and world leader in rack & pinion access solutions.

In record time – 5 days – Alimak installed a crane tower in sections 2 x 2 m with a ballast at the foot consisting of a 200 ton concrete block. The tower was tied about 4 m under the first floor and was completely stable. To this tower were bolted standard hoist masts with rack for the two Alimak Scando cages – one for passengers with a capacity of 1800 kg and a size of 1.3 x 3.0 x 2.7 m driven by an operator, one for material, size 1.8 x 3.0 m, capacity 2000 kg with automatic operation.

Once this first stage has been completed after about one year, the whole arrangement will be dismantled, moved to the centre and raised to the 2nd floor. This particular specimen in the long line of Alimak Hoists in operation all over the world, will give many millions of visitors each year an Eiffel Tower which is lighter, younger and more elegant.

Eiffel Tower elder construction elevator

Alimak construction hoists were seen by millions when used in the renovation in 1983.

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower, located in Paris, was designed and built by the French civil engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the Paris World's Fair of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel's was unanimously chosen. The tower, made of wrought iron, is 300 meters (984 ft) high.

Construction hoist details

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Installation year
1983 and 1990
Hoist type
Rack & Pinion
Hoist model
Alimak Scando
Lifting height
55 m
Eiffel Tower Construction Elevator

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