Video: Massive Swiss building relocated in its entirety

Machine Factory Oerlikon

First up,some things that won’t surprise you about the Swiss people: they make some of the finest chocolates and watches in the world. They’re mad about Nespresso. Their meals revolve around cheese. And everyone in Switzerland rides trains. Now, some things that will surprise you: James Bond‘s mother is Swiss. Every citizen is required by law to own a bomb shelter or access to one. And the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a hot-air balloon was the Swiss Bertrand Piccard.

Well, so much for that! What I really want to share is this interesting news I’ve read on The Telegraph.

In Zurich, a 120-year-old building is being relocated in its entirety using hydraulics and railways tracks in order to save it from demolition.

The operation to translocate the 6,200 tonne former factory began on Tuesday with two hydraulic pressers, 500 rollers and six sections of railway line being utilised to help push the building roughly 60 metres to the west at speeds of around three to five metres per hour.

According to the company paying for the operation, the project to move the 80 metre long and 12 metre wide building is the largest Switzerland and Europe has ever seen.

The Machine Factory Oerlikon (MFO) building was facing demolition in 2010 due to the expansion of nearby railway lines but it was saved when the Swiss real estate company, Swiss Prime Site (SPS), decided to buy it.

The relocation is expected to take two days, and on Wednesday night (May 23) the building will have reached its new site. Here’s a video report from IBTimes TV: