Laing O’Rourke’s specialist trading business Select will be the first business in the UK to take delivery of the world’s first battery powered crawler crane, which was launched yesterday as part of Liebherr’s world premiere.

The Liebherr LR1250.1 250t lattice jib crawler crane not only produces zero emissions but also has the same performance of its diesel-powered counterparts, whether it is unplugged or plugged in.

As one of the UK’s largest, and most capable, suppliers of equipment and services to the construction and building services industry, Select recognise the environmental impact, of every action they undertake as an overarching priority.

Select’s Business Unit Leader Alex Warrington said: “We have always sought to lead the industry by sourcing cranes with the latest technology engines. We identified crawler cranes as an area of potential for electric machines and are proud to partner with Liebherr whose exciting product development have made this a reality.”

With the world and the industry placing a much greater value on sustainability, energy consumption and zero carbon targets, the acquisition of the Liebherr LR1250.1 250t lattice jib crawler crane is not the first investment Select has made to contribute towards a zero-carbon ambition.

Select also has stock of electric concrete pumps, MEWPs, advanced technology electric tower cranes and hoists which have a much lower power consumption. They are also using solar and hybrid power solutions to reduce the requirement for large diesel generators.

Another key initiative they have instigated is using telematics to monitor user behaviours on everything from construction machinery through to site accommodation building management systems.

Alex Warrington added: “Our aim is to play a key role in helping to drive this change across the industry by partnering with clients and contractors to deliver innovative solutions to this global challenge.”

Select will take delivery of the Liebherr LR1250.1 250t lattice jib crawler crane in March 2021.