Restoration of Historic Buildings and Landmarks

Relocation of the Hellenic Railways Building

Project Building Projects
Type Restoration of Historic Buildings and Landmarks
Location Thessaloniki, Greece

A minor elevation (4cm), enabled the old building of the Hellenic Railways Organization to be relocated to make way for the widening of the western entry road into Thessaloniki. Once the building was supported with reinforced concrete and crossing beams, it was released from its foundation and slide on rails secured by a system of stainless steel and Teflon. The shifting of the 2,000-ton intact building lasted 4 days - proceeding at a pace of 10m a day - and was accomplished by means of jacks and metallic constructions on a grid of reinforced concrete. Once the building reached its final position it was embedded into its new foundation.