Kangaroo Point Green Bridge’s tower crane is named ‘Picky Upy’

Local Brisbane student names the world's largest lifting capacity tower crane at Kangaroo Point Green Bridge.

Kangaroo Point Green Bridge’s tower crane is named ‘Picky Upy’
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Connect Brisbane led by BESIX Watpac are delivering the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge on behalf of Brisbane City Council. The project’s tower crane will be officially called ‘Picky Upy’ after a Brisbane student wins the project’s ‘Name the Crane’ competition.

Sari from New Farm State School Student was inspired to give the crane its name by observing the important role the crane plays on a construction site.

Sari and her family joined Councillor for Central Ward, Cr Howard, and project representatives for the official naming of the crane during the week. The name will now be displayed on site while the Connect Brisbane team led by BESIX Watpac continues to build the bridge.

The level of creativity and consideration that went into each entry was impressive and was wonderful to have more than 20 students from the school enter.

BESIX Watpac’s Tim Deere congratulated Sari on winning the competition.

“Well done to Sari on a well-deserved win – the name is thoughtful and captures the activity of a crane perfectly,” Mr Deere said. 

“This competition has complemented our engagement with the Queensland University of Technology including a series of initiatives with university and high school students.

“It’s great to get young people involved in the project and help them learn more about the construction industry.”

Thank you to all students who participated. The quality of entries indicated the high level of creativity and consideration that went into each name.

Fast Facts about ‘Picky Upy’

‘Picky Upy’ is the world’s largest capacity tower crane, the M2480D Heavy Lift Luffing Crane supplied by Marr Contracting. It will lift the bridge’s heaviest elements into place including the 180 tonne mast head.

  • The tower crane is the largest plant on site
  • Maximum lifting capacity is 220 tonnes
  • The project's heaviest lift is 180 tonnes (the masthead)
  • It will complete 14 major lifts on the project
  • It is approximately 72 metres tall - equivalent to a 20-storey building

About the project

More than just a bridge project, the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will become a must-visit destination for residents and visitors to our great city, with the final design featuring two unique riverside dining opportunities.

The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will ensure Brisbane continues to be a great place to live, work and relax, and will provide the perfect way for residents to explore our river city during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.


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