To promote its new Kingdom of the Pharaohs attraction, LEGOLAND Windsor decided that floating a 16ft tall LEGO model along the River Thames would obtain good coverage for the newest area of the park.
The 200,000 individual brick model of a Pharaoh made its final journey of a 1,395 mile trip from the Czech Republic to the theme park thanks to L Lynch Plant Hire, which was asked to transport the delicate structure from Windsor to London and then back to its final place at LEGOLAND Windsor.
Using one of its transort fleet lorries equipped with a PM "Hiab" crane, Lynch collected the 1 tonne model from LEGOLAND Windsor, transported it to East London and offloaded onto a barge. Lynch's Transport manager Keith Talbot explains that the lorry mounted crane had to lift the model carefully into its frame on the dockside before lifting onto the barge. This also involved suspending the model up as the carrier frame had to be modified to ensure the correct fit before securing in place. The barge took the 16ft Pharaoh past iconic London landmarks such as Canary Wharf, Greenwich Naval College, O2 Arena and under Tower Bridge before the process was reversed later in the day when the model returned. Lynch then transported the precious cargo back to LEGOLAND Windsor for erection in its final resting place.
Made of conventional bricks, the LEGO model of the Pharaoh is one of the largest ever made and took five months (or 2,080 hours) to complete by a team of four dedicated model makers. Built around a steel frame, Lynch were required to carefully load and unload the model without damaging, showing the company's ability to handle sensitive cargos such as this. Kingdom of the Pharaohs opens to the public for the first time on 21 March 2009. The centrepiece arrived there safe and sound thanks to L Lynch - another quality service from the first port of call for plant, grab and transport hire.