Ainscough’s yacht lift TV debut

crane lifts yachAinscough Crane Hire has been assisting with preparations for the London Boat Show, lifting luxury yachts worth millions of pounds so that they can be transported to the ExCeL, London for the annual exhibition. Weighing up to 60 tonnes, the plush boats were hoisted by a 500 tonne Liebherr LTM 1500 –8.1. ITV London was on site to capture the delicate operation with one of the lifts featuring on London Tonight, broadcast on 21 December. If you aren’t in the area or didn’t manage to catch the programme, the clip can be found here The London Boat Show is open from 12 – 20 January 2013.

New Year, New Livery!

New Ainscough livery

New Year, New Livery!

Further to our recent brand refresh, we have taken delivery of the first truck featuring our striking new logo and colourway. We’ll be rolling out the new graphics across our existing fleet throughout 2013 and all our new vehicles will feature the iconic ‘A’ design with our trademark yellow and blue Ainscough Crane Hire colours. Keep your eyes peeled for the new livery and tweet us pictures of the cranes or support vehicles you spot to @Ainscough_



Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2012

The Chancellor of the Exchequer made a new announcement on the 5th December regarding his intentions for the economy. This included a commitment to a £1bn business bank, the scrapping of the fuel charge increase and a rejuvenation of the Private Finance Initiative.

Gareth Jones, commercial director at Group Ainscough said: “The last four years of recession have been particularly difficult for the construction industry and, while we know that lower than predicted levels of growth mean that austerity measures must be prolonged, the Chancellor’s pledged spending sends a positive signal.

“It is encouraging to hear that £1bn has been pledged to build schools and a further £1bn to be spent on roads – major building projects along with road and rail development will provide much needed income and job creation for the sector.

“The scrapped rise in fuel duty is also positive news for us since the running costs of our extensive fleet is one of the business’ largest overheads after salaries. A reduction in corporation tax will also help to free up capital to be invested in employees and equipment.

“However, while there were many positives in this afternoon’s announcement, it was disappointing that there was no mention of providing support for trainees and apprentices. There is a shortage of skilled workers coming into construction and support from the Government to provide training and apprenticeships would help bolster the industry and secure its future.”

Ainscough gives Gambia charity a lift

Ainscough Crane Hire has supported international charity Project Gambia, by providing a crane to lift a shipping container of donated goods.

The 40 ft container weighing around 20 tonnes, was lifted on to the back of a wagon for the first leg of its journey to Gambia, via the Port of Tyne.

The lift was completed on behalf of housing association Gentoo Group Ltd, who ran a collection amongst residents and staff to gather the items, which include clothes, toys and home goods.

Gareth Jones, commercial director at Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “Gentoo Group has been a valued client for some time and it’s been a real pleasure to be involved in such a worthwhile project.”

AWES wins French turbine contract

Ainscough Wind Energy Services (AWES) has been awarded a servicing contract by Nordex for six wind turbines in Bordeaux, France.

After installing the Nordex N100 turbines between July and August 2012, AWES will now complete the ‘Type 1′ servicing to ensure that the wind energy converters are working efficiently after their first 500 hours of continuous operation.

Commenting on the project win, managing partner at AWES, John Fabby said: “As more communities across the world increase their dependence on renewable energy sources, it is important to make sure that the turbines are well-maintained thus delivering high levels of availability.

“We have a great deal of expertise in the installation and servicing of Nordex turbines and are looking forward to returning to Bordeaux, ensuring that the turbines continue to generate high levels of renewable energy for the town.”

The Nordex N100 turbine can provide up to 60,000kWh of power per day. AWES has worked with Nordex for several years and has installed and serviced their turbines at windfarms across the UK, Portugal, Spain, Italy and the USA.

AWES was formed when Ainscough purchased Windcon Energy services in late 2012. It is now part of Group Ainscough, the collective that is headquartered at Standish and includes Ainscough Crane Hire and James Jack Lifting. AWES is supported by a network of over 750 cranes in the UK, which it uses as part of turbine erection and maintenance services.

Ainscough speeds ahead with F1 star yacht lift

Ainscough Crane Hire has assisted with the completion of an 88 ft luxury private yacht, at MDL Ocean Village Marina, Southampton. The yacht is owned by a family trust company of which Formula 1 star Eddie Jordan is a beneficiary.

A 90 tonne capacity Liebherr crane was used to lift the 38 metre, 3.0 tonne mast and the 1 tonne boom above the Oyster yacht. The crane was positioned on a concrete berth just off the marina to provide easy access to the state-of-the-art craft.

The yacht was built by Oyster Yachts at its Saxon Wharf yard in Southampton. The luxury vessel made an appearance at the Southampton Boat Show and Ainscough Crane Hire has assisted with the final alterations to the mast set-up, ensuring the best positioning for speed.

Gareth Jones, commercial director at Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “This was a very interesting lift to work on, not only due to the nature of the job but also because of the yacht’s prestigious owners. We’ve completed a number of nautical lifts over the years but have not seen such a wonderful example of craftsmanship as this in a long time.”

Debbie Goodall, Oyster project administrator at Oyster Yachts, Saxon Wharf, Southampton yard, who appointed Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “The mast and boom were placed quickly and easily thanks to the work of Ainscough. Building a yacht of this standard takes many months of hard work. We’re very proud of the finished product and we’re sure that the owners will be very pleased with it too.”

Ainscough plays it cool in office refrigeration

Ainscough Crane Hire has assisted air-conditioning specialist Owen Refrigeration with an air-cooling refurbishment in the heart of London.

The lift, which took place near Fleet Street, used a 75 tonne 1070-4.1 Leibherr LTM Crane to replace a number of air-conditioning units and pipework at a seven-storey office. The road had to be closed temporarily and the lift was completed quickly and without incident.

Gareth Jones, commercial director at Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “Lifting delicate equipment in a highly populated area is always a challenge, however the expertise of our crane operator meant that the lift occurred without a hitch.”

Ainscough scrums up with Wigan Warriors

Warriors CrestAinscough Crane Hire is pleased to announce a new two-year shirt sponsorship deal with local rugby league club, the Wigan Warriors.

The agreement will see the Ainscough company logo appear on the left shoulder of the club’s home and away shirts until the end of the 2014 season.

Gareth Jones, commercial director at Ainscough, commented: “Wigan Warriors are the biggest name in rugby league and one of the most successful in club history. They have a strong following and solid local heritage and history, much like ourselves. We look forward to working with the Wigan Warriors and wish Shaun Wane and his side all the very best for the 2013/14 season.”

Wigan Warriors sales director Geoff Warburton commented on the deal, saying: “We are thrilled to welcome Ainscough Crane Hire on board as a new shirt sponsor for the forthcoming season. It is always pleasing to attract new businesses to become involved with us and we look forward to welcoming the management, staff and clients of Ainscough to the DW Stadium from February and forging a long term relationship with them as we have with many of our other partners.”

Ainscough acquires Windcon

Ainscough has purchased Windcon Energy Services in a deal for an undisclosed sum.

Windcon Energy Services was founded by John Fabby in 2001. Starting out as a localised provider of wind turbine erection and maintenance services, it quickly expanded into North American and European markets carving a position as one of the most trusted and respected service providers in the market place. The company is now part of the Ainscough group of companies which includes Ainscough Crane Hire. The business will trade as Ainscough Wind Energy Services (AWES).

Commenting on the acquisition, Neil Partridge, managing director of Ainscough said: “We have been working with a number of wind energy providers for several years, supplying cranes to assist with the installation and maintenance of wind turbines. As the demand for wind power has grown, so has our involvement in the sector. With the lifting capability of Ainscough Crane Hire behind it, AWES provides a complete package to the wind energy market where we can lift, build and service wind turbines. No other company offers a turnkey solution like it.”

AWES will continue to be headquartered in Cornwall with founder John Fabby remaining as shareholder and director. All existing employees of Windcon will continue in their roles as part of AWES.

John added: “I am delighted that Windcon has a sustainable future as part of Ainscough and I am pleased to partner with a group that shares our passion for people and has strong business ethics and principles.”

AWES will continue to provide a host of maintenance support services to all major wind-turbine manufacturers along with lift services, blade inspections and fall arrest systems to wind farm owners and operators. The company employs the largest bank of specialist labour technicians in the UK and has direct access to over 470 cranes nationwide.

Ainscough signs for MUFC

Ainscough Crane Hire has given premier league football club Manchester United a lift, by hoisting new lettering into position at the club’s prestigious Trafford Training Centre in Carrington.

A Kato CR250 25 tonne capacity city crane was used to individually position 16 letters spelling out the club’s name. Each letter was 2.5m high, 1.5m wide, 0.5m deep and weighed 0.3 tonnes. The lift was completed over two days.

Gareth Jones, commercial director at Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “It was an honour to help one of the country’s most successful football teams revitalize its training ground. The lift was executed without a hitch and the project was completed on schedule, despite the fact that the crane driver was a Manchester City fan.”

Ainscough handled the lift on behalf of sign company Image Technique.

Ainscough cruises into lift contract

BoudiccaAinscough Crane Hire has secured a contract with the Port of Tyne to lift passenger luggage on to and off luxury cruise liner, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca, as it docks at Newcastle from August to October 2012.

The crane will be positioned on the quayside in order to lift luggage crates into the stern of the ship. Ainscough will move around 80 tonnes of filled suitcases over 40 lifts for holidaymakers cruising to a host of destinations, including the Arctic Circle and Western Mediterranean.

Chris McLone, sales manager at Ainscough, said: “While the lifts themselves are relatively straightforward, we have a specific window of time to ensure that the ship departs on schedule and that passengers’ luggage is returned to them as quickly as possible when the ship docks.  It is crucial that our cranes are consistently reliable and that they are on site an hour before the luggage lift is planned to start.

“We have handled Boudicca’s cargo lifts for the past two years and are confident that everything will run as planned again this season.”

Ainscough will be supplying a Liebherr LTM1055 crane with a 55- tonne capacity to carry out the lifts.

Boudicca embarked on its first journey from Newcastle on 14th August 2012. The ship’s last cruise from the Port of Tyne will depart on 11th October 2012.

Ainscough Crane Hire completes acquisition

Ainscough Crane Hire has acquired Plymouth-based West Country Crane Hire Ltd for an undisclosed sum, further strengthening its presence in the South West.

Operating throughout the South West since 1984, West Country Crane Hire is a well-established crane hire provider with notable contracts in the shipbuilding, power station and construction sectors.

With the acquisition of West Country Crane Hire, Ainscough now operates 29 depots across the UK. Its national network ensures that the business is able to respond quickly and efficiently to customer requirements regardless of location.

Neil Partridge, managing director of Ainscough Crane Hire, commented: “I am delighted to announce our successful acquisition of West Country Crane Hire – the acquisition truly completes our national network.

“The Plymouth site will operate as an Ainscough depot immediately, and we look forward to working with employees, customers and suppliers.”

Brian Metters, managing director of West Country Crane Hire, said: “My wife and I have enjoyed running the business, and we are delighted to be passing it into safe hands.”

Ainscough raises the roof at International Airshow

Ainscough at FarnboroughAinscough Crane Hire has been selected to provide four heavy-duty cranes to CEVA Showfreight in a complex operation to lift a 1,350 sq metre roof structure at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The operation created a temporary steel structure for Italian global aerospace company, Finmeccanica.

Commenting on the project, Ian Chapman, sales manager at Ainscough Crane Hire said: “The Farnborough roof lift was one of the most complex operations we undertook this year. As we were operating in a live airfield, we were restricted to the size of the cranes we could use and the height we could lift at.

“As the steel roof was also very complex, the cranes needed to be carefully positioned to spread the 45 tonne load. With a flex tolerance of only +/- 50cms, it was imperative that each crane lifted at the same speed to avoid damage.”

The project was co-ordinated by CEVA Showfreight. Ray Myles, compliance manager at CEVA Showfreight, said: “We checked our calculations for the lift and build for about three weeks before implementation. It is imperative to get the cranes lifting in sync for projects like this and we had a number of checks during the lifting process to ensure that this happened. Each winch motor was set the same and each crane was reeved identically.

“We monitored and recorded the lift height at half metre increments to make sure that the 50cm tolerance was maintained from floor level. By using the on-board computers on each crane and conducting cross checks by simply measuring the length of chains that were attached to the roof as it rose, our stringent approach ensured that roof structure stayed well within the 50cm tolerance window.”

The operation took place in advance of Farnborough International Airshow, which opens to the trade on 9th July, and the public on 14th July 2012. Visitors will be able to get up close to an unrivalled gathering of aircraft and aviation technology as well as enjoying 5 hours of live aerobatics and flying demonstrations.

Royal role for Ainscough Crane Hire

New Royal Barge Prepared For Diamond Jubilee River PageantAinscough Crane Hire has been called in to assist with the weighing, loading and launching of a secret gift to Her Majesty The Queen, on the occasion of her diamond jubilee.

The company supplied a 150 tonne Liebherr LTM 1150-6.1 crane to lift the custom-made row barge, Gloriana, into the River Thames at high tide. The boat will lead the jubilee pageant on 3rd June.

The royal row barge Gloriana is the first to be built in over 200 years in the United Kingdom, and draws its inspiration from the extensive records held in the archives of the National Maritime Museum and in particular from the Prince Frederick’s Barge which is on permanent display in Greenwich.

Bob MacGrain, Special Projects Manager for Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “It has been an honour to work on such a prestigious project. Close co-operation was needed between ourselves, the boat builders and the local highway engineers to find a suitable location to execute the launch, which had to be carried out in a very short tidal window with minimum disruption to traffic through this busy area of London”.

After much hard work by all concerned, the royal row barge Gloriana was presented to Her Majesty by Lord Sterling and the project team.

Ainscough Crane Hire was assisted Byrne Longshore & Co Ltd, a specialist maritime project management company, in organising the weighing and loading of the row barge prior to its transportation to the launch site. Damian Byrne, commented: “The planning for the project has been underway for some time and, following a very tight construction programme, it is gratifying to see the transfer of the barge go off without a hitch.”