Ainscough Crane Hire played a key role in the urgent operation to re-open the M20 in Kent after a collision last weekend caused a concrete bridge to collapse on to the carriageway.
The motorway, which links the M25 with the south coast and the Eurotunnel terminal, was closed on one of the busiest weekends of the year after a pedestrian bridge came down on the London-bound carriageway on Saturday after it was hit by a lorry carrying a digger.
Ainscough teams and equipment were quickly deployed to clear the motorway, which was closed for 24 hours after the incident on Saturday morning.
Two 300-tonne cranes were dispatched to the scene, which was between junctions three and four of the busy motorway.
Ainscough’s team, which as well as the cranes included four ballast carrying vehicles and 14 men, gathered at Clacket Lane Services on the M25 at 2am on Sunday morning and then moved to the site.
They then worked through the night to clear the concrete sections from the motorway, allowing the highways authorities to reopen the road Sunday afternoon.
The operation was co-ordinated by Mark James, Operations Director (South) at Ainscough Cranes, and directed on the ground by Rene Bleidorn from the company’s depot in Maidstone, Kent.
Mark said: “It was an urgent operation which posed a number of challenges.
“Our number one objective was to get the right equipment on site, as quickly as we could so we could safely clear the motorway on one of the busiest weekends for traffic in the year.
“When an urgent job comes in, it’s a case of having to find the right solution and redeploying the assets to the site of the incident. Matters were not helped by the fact that it was a really busy bank holiday weekend and resources were at a premium.
“Despite the urgent nature of the request everyone worked incredibly hard to get the job done in a calm and professional manner. I believe our response showed our strength in depth and capability of our resources.”
Our annual North West open day has once again proved to be a real hit with customers and contacts. Specially invited guests visited the event which took place on Thursday 25th August at the Leyland site, home of the Preston Depot, Transport and the Heavy Cranes Division.
Guests were given a behind-the-scenes look at the depot and got up close and personal with some of fleet as well as meeting staff from the site’s teams.
The features of the day included, tours of the workshops and depot, demonstrations from the Heavy Cranes fleet, guidance on the latest lifting regulations BS 7121 and an introduction to the use of 3D CAD BIM in the business.
Guests also had demonstrations on cranes fitted with VarioBase® technology, working at height training and presentations on “Why Ainscough”. The most popular session was the target practice challenge where visitors were able to take the controls of a crane and test their operating abilities.
Among the guests were representatives from many of Ainscough’s customers including: Murphy Group, Bison, Tata Steel, National Grid, INEOS, Severfield, AIG, Forterra, United Utilities, Sellafield and Select.
Derek Gow, commercial director at Ainscough said: “It has been great to see so many of our customers come along to the North West open day to see why Ainscough are the market leaders for health, safety and innovation.
“We plan to hold more open days across the UK so look out for an event near you in the future.”
Cranes on show at the open day were: a Spierings SK1265 tower crane, an MPC44, three Liebherr LTM1060-3.1 – one with Variobase, two Scania haulage transport vehicles – truck and trailer a Liebherr LTM 1300-6.1, 300Te crane and a Liebherr LTM11000, 1000Te crane.
For the past three and half years, the Ainscough Crane Hire team from its Falkirk Depot, have been helping to deliver the new Queensferry Crossing for Transport Scotland which is being built by main contractor FCBC (Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors), a joint venture comprising Morrison Construction, HOCHTIEF, American Bridge and Dragados.
The new bridge is due to open in 2017 and forms the centrepiece of a major £1.3 billion upgrade to the important cross-Forth transport corridor in the east of Scotland.
Ainscough’s crane fleet have operated on site from the early stages of its construction. Most recently, the teams highly trained operatives have been hard at work on the emerging road deck of the 1.7 mile bridge which spans the Firth of Forth.
The project has brought a number of challenges such as how to position a crane on the roadway which is yet to be connected to the land. The solution was to lift a Liebherr LTM 1055-3.2, 55 tonne all terrain crane onto a completed section of roadway using the tower crane connected to one the bridge’s 207 metre (679 ft) high towers.
After being stripped of its non-essential components and positioned beneath the tower crane aboard a service barge, the crane was lifted into position and subsequently re-assembled for use in the bridge’s ongoing construction.
Depot manager at Ainscough’s Falkirk Depot, Ciaran McNamee said: “The Queensferry Crossing has been a remarkable job to be involved with. We have had between four and six cranes on site every day for the last three and half years and have watched the bridge slowly emerge through the unified efforts of the contractors on site.
“We are very proud of our involvement in the project and that we are helping to deliver this major piece of new infrastructure to the people of Scotland.”
The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.
A series of new photographs from market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, reveal the process of dismantling a tower crane. The images were taken at Greengate in Salford city centre close to Manchester Victoria train station and the MEN Arena.
Erected to supply materials at the 31-storey residential scheme being delivered by Pinnacle Developments Ltd, the tower crane, operated by specialist tower crane operator HTC Wolffkran, was dismantled using a mobile LTM 1500-8.1 Liebherr from the Ainscough fleet.
Fitted with a luffing jib, the mobile crane was used to remove the steel lattice sections of the tower crane piece by piece.
Bob Beardmore, contract lift manager at Ainscough Crane Hire said: “Our role is all about planning, spotting potential hazards and designing methods of solving problems.
“Constrained sites with awkwardly placed street furniture and delicate underground utilities are the norm for us. The Greengate task was a text book example of this with the site bounded by the River Irwell on its northern edge and the highway to the south. Space was very limited in terms of the footprint we had available to say nothing of the constrains involved with storage and access.
“We always have to bear in mind that we are representing our customers and are the public face of the whole development for the hours we are on site. Operating in a considerate and courteous manner is therefore incredibly important. Fortunately we have the expertise and equipment to deliver on our promises.”
HTC Wolffkran UK director general manager, Dave Holder added: “We consider Ainscough Crane Hire to be the market leader in the planning and execution of our tower crane erection and dismantle lifting operations. They deliver a high level of expertise and operational capability.”
Market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has started work to help deliver a new £58 million development at Newcastle University.
Ainscough has been appointed to supply all mobile cranes required on this site to erect form work for the six-storey flagship Urban Sciences Building. Ainscough is currently using three all-terrain Liebherr cranes, two LTM 1055’s and an LTM 1070 at the site.
The 12,000 sq m scheme forms part of the city’s £250 million Science Central project which will bring together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry. It aims to create a global centre for urban innovation in the heart of the city.
Being built in Newcastle city centre on the site of the former Scottish & Newcastle brewery, the Urban Sciences Building and its surrounding city area will become a living laboratory underpinning research to make urban centres more sustainable for future generations.
North East area sales manager, Lee Driver secured the mobile crane work on this site. The Ainscough team are on site six days per week and have a two 55 tonne cranes and a 75 tonne crane assisting with the concrete frame. Once complete, the team will then continue on site with other aspects of the building’s construction.
Gary Brown, Ainscough’s depot manager at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne branch said: “It is great to be playing a part in this key redevelopment project for the city. By any reckoning, Science City is a major development which will help generate more interest and focus on the region.
“Coupled with our focus on safety and accuracy, we have a great sense of pride to be delivering this work.”
The Urban Sciences Building is due for completion in the autumn of 2017.
Members of the Ainscough Heavy Cranes team have undertaken a series of lifts at the new Biomass Power Plant in the Templeborough area of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Following the successful activity delivered by the Sheffield Depot during construction of the plant’s steel frame in the spring, the Heavy Cranes team have now lifted four 55-tonne economisers into position at the site.
Economisers are used as heat exchangers, pre-heating the water with ‘waste’ heat from the energy generating process. The pre-heated water is subsequently boiled to create the steam which turns the energy-generating turbines in many power stations.
Using a 600-tonne Terex TC2800-1 strut jib crane, the teams lifted the four units into position over a number of hours. Owing to the constraints of the site, the only available location for the lift meant that it had to take place from the opposite bank of the River Don.
Heavy Cranes General Manager, Andrew Winter said: “It’s a site we are very familiar with and it has its own unique set of circumstances which require us to be flexible in our approach to deliver safely and efficiently for our customers.”
Ainscough has been appointed to provide contract lifts by the joint venture partnership of Interserve, the international support services and construction group, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund. It won the £150 million construction contract for the new power plant which is being delivered by the Brite Partnership.
Based in Templeborough, Rotherham, the power plant will be fuelled with locally sourced waste wood and have a capacity of 45 MW. The power output generated from the plant will be equivalent to the energy consumption of 70,000 households and result in an annual carbon dioxide reduction of 360 tonnes.
The new facility is expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2017. The Biomass fuel used in the facility will be sourced on a long-term contract from Stobart Biomass Group.
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