Istanbul’s mega Emaar Square development uses Alimak construction hoists

Emaar Square development, Istanbul, Turkey

Main contractor Sera Yapi Construction is using four Alimak hoists for materials and personnel lifting at Emaar Square, one of Turkey’s largest private developments.

Four dual car Alimak construction hoists are being used at Emaar Square in Istanbul, a mixed-use development that is one of the largest private sector projects in Turkey. The hoists are working in conjunction with the tower cranes to supply all the lifting needs.

Sera Yapi Construction, one of the project’s main contractors is operating the Alimak hoists on a 22-month rental agreement with the Swedish manufacturer’s distributor for Turkey, Atilla Dural Mumessillik Insaat Turizm Tic Ltd. Emaar Turkey, a division of Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, is developing Emaar Square. The new development is set in Camlica, on the Asian side of Istanbul, and will include seven high-rise towers, a five-star hotel, residential and business units, a shopping mall, an amusement park, an ice rink, a 2,400-seat cinema complex, and a six-level underground carpark.

Emaar Square offers a variety of residential options addressing different kinds of lifestyles that include the ‘Residences’- inspired by the cultural and historic heritage of Istanbul- ‘Heights’ - with a distinct and contemporary architectural design – and ‘The Address Residences’. Emaar Square Shopping Centre is expected to provide almost 5000 jobs and will serve not only the needs of residents within the project but also citizens of Istanbul, with facilities for both shopping and entertainment. Five different international architects, namely Foster+Partners, Iki Design Group, DP Architects, KTGY and SWA have come together for the project.

The four Alimak hoists are all Scando 450 dual car units, designed for materials and personnel, and can lift a maximum load of 2 t to a height of 150 m.

“We have fixed all eight Alimak hoists to the side of the excavation, where the entrance is located,” says Mrs Aydin, project coordinator for Sepi Yapi.

“The prime use for the hoists is personnel transportation, as the cranes are handling most of the materials lifting.

“When the foundation work is complete we shall redeploy the hoists to the exterior of four of the medium-rise structures, where they will be used for both personnel and materials.

“We decided on a rental agreement rather than purchase, as Atilla Dural has also supplied most of the tower cranes on a rental basis, and consequently we have been able to work very closely with them on the lifting specifications and cycles.”

Emaar Square will be completed over several phases between 2015 and 2017.



Emaar Square Development, Istanbul, Turkey


Mixed-use development

Hoist type:


No. of hoist cars:



2,000 kg

Hoist car size:

1.4 m x 3.2 m x 2.13 m (W x L x H)


54 m/min

Lifting height:

50 m