Ainscough Shortlisted as Employer of the Year!

Ainscough Crane Hire has been selected as a finalist in the Employee of the Year category for the 2013 Construction News Awards.

With 17 targeted categories, the awards cover every aspect of the construction sector – from training to technology – ensuring that the whole supply chain is recognised for excellence in their area.

Commenting on the shortlisting commercial director, Gareth Jones, said: “Our people are what make our business great and we invest a great deal to ensure that they are happy, safe and secure. From structured training and development to allowing paid leave for charitable activities, we strive to ensure that Ainscough is a great company to be a part of. We’re very pleased that our efforts have been recognised and would be extremely proud to win the award in July.”

A record number of entries were submitted for this year’s Construction News Awards. Finalists will now face Dragon’s Den-style live interviews with members of the 53-strong jury of esteemed key clients, contractors, consultants, institutes and government departments including:

• Simon Kirby – Network Rail
• Tony Jacob – John Lewis Partnership
• John Mead – Crossrail
• Tony Giddings – Argent
• James Pellatt – Great Portland Estates
• David Philp – Cabinet Office

Construction News Editor, Rebecca Evans commented: “The construction industry has a lot to shout about and these awards are a part of that, each of you should feel rightly proud to be among our finalists.”
Winners will be announced on 11 July 2013 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, where over 1,000 of industry heavyweights will join together for a night of recognition, celebration and networking.

Ainscough appoints head of field sales

Chris BeetonAinscough Crane Hire has appointed Chris Beeton as head of field sales.

Joining the company from Northgate Vehicle Hire, Chris will be responsible for driving crane hire sales heading up the nationwide team of 18 sales associates. Reporting to commercial director Gareth Jones, Chris will also contribute to the sales budget and strategy, and will ensure that outstanding levels of customer service are maintained.

Gareth Jones said: “Chris has a fantastic track record in sales and is an excellent leader for our dedicated team. His energy and enthusiasm is a great asset to the team and he will no doubt help Ainscough to meet its ambitious sales targets.”

Commenting on his appointment, Chris said: “I’m a driven and motivated sales person and I am excited to join such a forward thinking company. Ainscough already has a loyal customer base and a great reputation, both of which I intend to build on.”

Chris joined Ainscough at the start of January. He is contactable on 01257 478507 or

Tower crane removal in Vauxhall

Recovering a damaged tower crane in VauxhallWe can confirm that Ainscough Crane Hire has been contracted by Brookfield Multiplex to assist with the recovery of a damaged tower crane at St George Wharf in Vauxhall, London.

The damaged crane does not belong to, nor was operated by Ainscough Crane Hire. We are working with all parties concerned to ensure the safe and swift recovery of the tower crane.

Ainscough applauded for involvement in London Olympics

Ainscough Crane Hire has received thanks from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for its outstanding contribution to the 2012 venues and ceremonies.

The firm supplied cranes and developed lifting plans for the construction of almost all the venues in the Olympic Park and was the sole supplier of all mobile cranes for both the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies.

In preparation for the ceremonies, Ainscough was tasked with constructing temporary staging and moving the 22 tonne Olympic flame into the stadium which was kept a secret at the time and covered up whilst it was being transported.

Vince Ramsden, national key account manager at Ainscough Crane Hire said: “Contributing to what has been named the greatest games of all time was a great pleasure and the team worked incredibly hard to make sure everything went smoothly. The team’s collaboration and dedication created a spectacular show and we are very proud of our involvement.”

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.”