Walking building: 5-storey building moved to new location in China

Walking building: 5-storey building moved to new location in China

- An old building which houses a primary school was moved to allow construction of another structure

- Workers moved it by digging around the building and installed about 200 mobile supports in the spaces underneath the structure before shifting it

- The move was the first-ever project that employed the walking machine method to relocate historical buildings in Shanghai

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China is a country that has made huge strides in matters of technological development.

Walking building: 5-storey building moved to new location in China

The building was moved to allow construction of another one. Photo: CCTV
Source: UGC

The country has never ceased to amaze the world with its inventions and other jaw-dropping moves.

Well, residents of a Chinese town near Shanghai were recently left in bewilderment after experiencing something they had never seen in their lives.

Briefly.co.za has learnt the residents could not believe their eyes when they spotted an 85-year-old building being moved from its original spot to a different location to give room for another structure.

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The building, built in 1935, which houses The Lagena Primary Schools, was moved to a new location to allow the construction of Shanghai’s new Pacific Xintiandi Commercial Center.

How did they manage to move such a huge building without demolishing it?

Well, it was reported that workers dug around the building and installed about 200 mobile supports in the spaces underneath the structure.

The building's pillars were well truncated by the mobile supports which were then moved upwards, lifting the whole structure while moving it forward.

According to CNN, it took workers 18 days to rotate and move the building to its new location, 62 meters away.

The publication confirmed the relocation was completed on October 15.

Briefly.co.za has learnt the old school building will be turned into a centre for heritage protection and cultural education at its new location.

According to government officials, the move was the first-ever project that employed the walking machine method to relocate historical and government buildings in the country.

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It should be noted Shanghai has a track record of relocating old building using different methods.

In 2003, the Shanghai Concert Hall, which was built in 1930, was moved over 66 metes to make way for an elevated highway.

Ten years later, in 2013, another six-storey building, The Zhengguanghe Building built in 1930 was moved 38 meters from its original location as part of local redevelopment.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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