Ainscough Crane Hire has completed the assembly of a tarmac batching plant at Heathrow Airport for surfacing specialist Parker Plant.
Using two of its mobile cranes, Ainscough’s operators carefully positioned the modular plant’s mixing drums using a Liebherr LTM 1130-5.1, 130 tonne crane for the lift and a second LTM 1060-3.1, 60 tonne crane to ‘tail’ load: tethering the lower end of the drum to prevent movement as it is raised to an upright position.
To complete the lift, additional tackle and shackles were required over and above the standard equipment carried by on board the cranes. The team recognised this in advance and their alertness meant there were no delays to the lift.
Ainscough’s Hayes Depot Manager, Colin Day said: “Having airside accreditation in place beforehand meant we were able to progress this lift with minimum delay. We completed two lifts on the same day which gave other on-site contractors the window to assemble the plant around the two huge drums.
“It was great to get positive feedback from the Parker Plant at the end of the job, it was another good performance by our team.”
The team received a good feedback from Parker Plant’s Tony Butler, their installation and service director. He described the Ainscough approach as being ‘very helpful and professional in handling the obstacles on the project.’ Furthermore, he singled out the crane operators, Chris Dupree and Tony Day, for praise adding: ‘the drivers are polite and knowledgeable and I’m happy to give you 9/10 overall.’
The Ainscough team used a Liebherr LTM 1130 – 5.1 fitted with VarioBase® in order to carry out a very tricky job in central London. Working for bespoke furniture designer and manufacturer Rock & Bone, Ainscough was tasked with lifting a 20 foot ISO container to a rooftop terrace on Mortimer Street in the Fitzrovia area of the capital. Fitzrovia, home to the BT Tower, is known for its narrow, often cobbled, streets and tall elegant residential buildings — meaning very careful preparation was required.
Inside the container was a range of specially designed furniture commissioned by the penthouse apartment owner from Rock & Bone. With limited clearance between the buildings, narrow pavements and various items of street furniture to contend with, it was necessary to use a VarioBase® enabled crane. Developed by Liebherr, VarioBase® allows for the crane’s stabilising outriggers to be set at independent levels while achieving the necessary spread to undertake the lift safely. This means that cranes can operate in constrained locations of those with non-uniform footprints.
Set up took place on Riding House Street, the lift of the 4.1 tonne payload used a 60 metre boom to reach the terrace 31 metres above the ground over a distance of 22 horizontal metres. Steve Hawkins, Contract Lift Manager said: “Conditions don’t really come more complicated than this. It was an tight location and would have been impossible to complete in the way the client needed without using the VarioBase® crane.
“The fact that we were able to carry out this job safely and efficiently is because of the skill of our operators, the detailed knowledge and meticulous planning we brought to the job.”
Ainscough Crane Hire was established in 1976 and has grown to become the recognised market leader in our field. That growth has been driven by the people, past and present, who have made the company special.
Many of Ainscough team already give their time and effort to help others through fundraising for local charities. We want to harness and support this spirit of giving in this, our 40th year.
Our strength is our network and through this, we will be identifying 40 good causes — one from each depot and nine others from other key departments — which will become the Ainscough 40 at 40.
That’s 40 activities supporting 40 good causes spanning the length and breadth of the country.
The challenge will involve our teams and individuals and can support any recognised charity or fundraising campaign.
In return the company will be matching these fundraising efforts — Good luck to all our staff and teams in this our 40th year! Watch out for our teams and their fundraising progress.
Ainscough Crane Hire’s Maidstone Depot has come to the rescue of a one-of-a-kind residential development in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Due to be featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme later this year, the Ainscough team mobilised to the site after the homeowner had been let down by the original supplier who cancelled at the last minute.
The task was to lift large-format glazing panels from the front, to the rear of the property, directly over the roof of the house and then position them within the frame of a bi-folding door on the ground floor rear elevation. The lift was delivered on behalf of The Bi-Fold Door Factory Ltd.
To achieve the lift, Ainscough’s crane operator, Tommy Cosham used the versatile MPC44 with variable outriggers. The compact footprint of the crane meant that no road closure was required and the operator could be much closer to the lift as he used the remote controller to carefully position the glass panels.
Reflecting on the task, Rani Notarianni, depot manager from Ainscough’s Maidstone depot said: “The lift had to be carried out to a very tight schedule as the owners wanted occupancy within a few days of the lift. The glass panels in the bi-folding door were the final piece of the jigsaw making the building weather tight.
“It was a confined space and there were around 20 different contractors on site all working to complete the building so we had to ensure we safely managed the lift in those circumstances.”
Grand Designs is a Bafta award-winning TV series which has run for 15 series since 1999. Fronted by designer Kevin McCloud, each edition of the programme follows the creation of an architecturally notable residential development. ”
Birmingham depot sent two Leibherr LTM 1055-3.2 cranes to perform a tandem lift to set up a 40 metre long Demag gantry crane at Cranfield University.
Two cranes from Ainscough Crane Hire’s Birmingham depot have joined forces to deliver an interesting lift for Cranfield University in Bedfordshire.
The post-graduate and research-based university specialises in science, technology and engineering and it was within the University’s aerospace school that the two Ainscough cranes came together.
The two Leibherr LTM 1055-3.2, 55-tonne all terrain cranes were tasked with lifting a 40 metre long Demag gantry crane which would sit on board a rail track system in the roof space of an aeroplane hangar.
Used in the maintenance and servicing aeroplane engines, the gantry crane was carefully lifted into its permanent location above the hangar floor.
Birmingham depot manager, Peter Anthony, said: “Our client was a little nervous about the lift as they had never seen anything quite like it before. Tandem lifts bring with them their own particular stresses but our experience and knowhow came to the fore again and we delivered a faultless job for the customer.”
The wind energy division of market-leading Ainscough Group, has bolstered its senior operations team with a new appointment.
Ainscough Wind Energy Services has appointed Neil Thompson as Head of Operations overseeing the division’s nationwide services to the growing wind energy market.
Neil brings with him 25 years’ of experience having previously held senior operations positions with other industry leaders within the UK energy sector including AMEC, Norec, Petrofac and E.ON.
Derek Gow, Commercial Director at Ainscough, said: “Neil’s experience places him as a trusted operator in the energy sector and we are very pleased to have him on board. His experience will help develop our wind energy operations and drive us further toward becoming the country’s leading independent service provider.”
On his appointment, Neil added: “It is fantastic to be part of such a professional team here at Ainscough Wind Energy Services. We have a growing customer portfolio and it is my job to ensure the service levels those customers receive, reflect the expectation our customers have.
“It is a great opportunity and one which I approach with drive and enthusiasm.”
Neil’s career spans the entire energy-generation spectrum including experience of low carbon renewable, nuclear, conventional power and oil & gas sectors. He also has extensive experience of working with the utilities and construction sectors in both onshore and offshore environments.
When Eric Wright Construction needed assistance to replace glazing at the new Blackpool Council offices, they naturally turned to Ainscough Crane Hire to perform the delicate lift.
The council offices are the first phase of Muse Development’s £220m Talbot Gateway project which will create new retail, commercial and community space, along with parking and transport facilities to transform the seaside town.
The 126,000 sq ft office accommodation will create contemporary office space for the council and is designed to meet high energy efficiency and sustainability standards, targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Using a Liebherr 95t working with full boom at 58 metres and half fly an additional 10.5 metres, the total lifting arm length was 68.5 meters. The slow, delicate and potentially dangerous procedure saw the Ainscough team position the glazing panels onto the building façade.
Alan Dakin, depot manager at Preston said: “It was a very delicate lift which needed to run very smoothly indeed. Regardless of what we’re lifting, safety is our paramount concern and our central focus.
“In this case, it is very pleasing to learn that Eric Wright Construction has commissioned us to return to the site in a few weeks’ time for a second round of glazing lifts. There is no better endorsement of our approach and professionalism than repeat business.”
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