Mission accomplished: Bankstown crane’s towering achievement

October 20, 2021 | General

Paynter Dixon has brought the curtain down on a tower crane which has stood tall in Bankstown for almost seven years.

Dismantled over the course of a weekend, the crane has played a key role in servicing major developments for Bankstown Sports Club. With a trusted relationship spanning decades, Paynter Dixon has been instrumental in the design and construction of club facilities.

How to dismantle an 80 metre crane in a city centre

Dismantling of the Bankstown crane was an impressive feat requiring on-site assembly of a 500 tonne mobile crane, further support from a 130 tonne crane and Franna crane, and 14 semi-trailer trucks to transport all components

Months in the planning, removal involved consultation with Bankstown Council to enable the trimming of trees, road closure permits, and reorientation of light poles to allow crane movement. To ensure flight paths were not impacted, approvals were secured from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Bankstown Airport.

Watch the Paynter Dixon team dismantle the tower crane in this time lapse video.


  • Friday night – 500 tonne mobile crane is assembled through the night
  • Saturday morning – dismantling of the tower crane commences at 7 am
  • Saturday night – tower crane is dismantled by 9.30 pm
  • Sunday morning – 500 tonnne mobile crane is dismantled
  • Sunday, 12.30 pm – roads re-opened

Years in the making

Working closely with the club over many years in line with an established master plan, Paynter Dixon installed a crane base while constructing a five-storey inground car park in 2006.

With the base located six floors below ground, the team created penetrations through car park floors to accommodate the future tower. Structural steel platforms were then used to infill the penetrations, allowing the car park to operate.

In 2014, Bankstown Sports Club engaged Paynter Dixon to construct a four-storey extension to the existing four-storey Travelodge Hotel Bankstown, triggering completion of the tower crane. More work followed, including:

  • The Flinders Centre, comprising 10 levels of state-of-the-art office and administration spaces
  • numerous distinguished hospitality areas – and most recently – The Lady Banks Roof Top Bar
  • mechanical services plant
  • refurbished indoor and outdoor club gaming facilities.

James Boyd, Executive Chairman of Paynter Dixon, says the award-winning facilities are founded on a shared passion for excellence.

“For many years the Club has been a leader in innovative design, striving to improve in-club experiences by creating facilities of exceptional quality,” says Mr Boyd.

“Paynter Dixon shares this commitment to excellence, and it has been a driving force of our collaboration over three decades.

“We aim to go beyond design and construction by developing a deeper understanding of client goals and a clear view of the road ahead. This enables us to advise, plan and deliver on the best possible outcomes.”

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