Buildings of historical significance are an important part of our history. With Mammoth Movers technology, these buildings may be able to be relocated to a position where their preservation is ensured.
Ideally, historical buildings should be preserved in their original position. Unfortunately this is not always possible, and in this circumstance, sympathetic relocation is the next best alternative, and preferable to losing these important buildings forever.
There are many reasons for wishing to relocate a historic building. Sometimes a road has to be widened, sometimes the buildings are being damaged by their local conditions, sometimes their current locations are extremely uneconomic. Whatever the reason, relocation is one of the most effective tools in preserving historical buildings.
Relocation does not damage the structure and fabric of the building or its contents, unlike demolition and reconstruction, and relocation is generally more cost effective.
There are many examples of buildings being preserved due to structural moving, which would otherwise have been lost forever.
In 2004 the Fu Gang Building in China was moved 35 metres. With a weight of just over 15000 tonnes (that’s nearly 100 jumbo jets) this building is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the Heaviest Building Ever Moved.
In 1999 when the Schubert Theatre in Minnesota was moved, a new record was set for the heaviest building ever moved on rubber tyred dollies. The theatre weighs over 2600 tonnes, which is the equivalent of more than 60 fully loaded semi-trailers.
In 1999 the 2540 tonne Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina, built in 1870, was moved inland to protect it from being undermined by beach erosion.
In 2006 an 3200 year old Statue of Ramses II was relocated in Cairo to protect it from pollution and vibration. The statue is 11 metres high and weighs 83 tonnes.
In 1851, London’s famous Marble Arch was relocated from Buckingham Palace to Hyde Park.