Actually it is not surprising that this company has been commissioned with the work, after all it has moved several buildings, such as restaurants, churches and bridges over the past 60 years. In 1960 it moved a 160-ton monument to Queen Astrid of Belgium in Küssnacht by 50 metres to make way for a new road, though this is nothing in comparison with Tuesday's monumental project. Indeed, The MFO building is the largest ever building in Switzerland to be re-positioned.
"As far as we know," said Reto Stadelmann, managing director of the Iten AG company, "it is also the biggest building in Europe to be moved." Unfortunately it will not make the Guinness Book of Records as an even bigger building has been moved in China.
Not unsurprisingly, such is the interest in this engineering operation that it is to be broadcast live on Swiss TV on Tuesday (on SF2 between 10.30 am and 1.45 pm and again between 4 pm and 4.30) as well as on Wednesday (from 6 am).
As for the technical details, the MFO is 80 metres long, 12 metres wide and weighs 6,200 tons. It will be pushed on 500 rollers over the 60-metre distance by two hydraulic presses on six lines with two more in place to correct any deviation from its planned course.