Ainscough Crane Hire’s Exeter Depot has successfully lifted the first steel onsite at the new Drake Circus Leisure multiplex in Bretonside, Plymouth.
The lift is part of the huge £53 million redevelopment of Bretonside, which will include the South West’s first 12-screen Cineworld IMAX cinema, 15 restaurants, an impressive ‘sky bar’ with views of the city and a 420-space car park. It is being built as part of the British Land mega deal on the former coach station site and is set to be completed for trading by Christmas 2019.
Working for structural steelwork design and build company Brian Hewitt Construction, the Ainscough team used a Liebherr LTM1090-4.1 model crane to lay the first steel when construction started. There are plans for multiple cranes to be onsite at the 107,000sq ft development for the next 5 months to build the 105ft tall multiplex, the equivalent height of three-and-a-half double decker buses stood on end. Another crane will then join the site for a further 4 months.
Ryan Dobson, Exeter depot manager said: “This was the first of many Ainscough lifts onsite and it proved to be a great success. It’s very rewarding to say we’ve been involved in this project from the word go and the whole team is looking forward to watching this exciting development take shape.
“It is set to be a major milestone not only for the people of Bretonside but for Plymouth as a whole, as it shows the potential of the city whilst simultaneously creating hundreds of jobs.”
Ainscough Crane Hire’s Exeter Depot, assisted by colleagues at the Bristol Depot, have safely lifted the Spirit of Loch Ness leisure cruiser onto the Exeter Ship Canal for final commissioning before it set out for the Great Glen and one of the world’s most famous bodies of water.
Built by specialist boat and ferry builder, Exeter Fabrication Ltd, the 22 metre aluminium catamaran, Spirit of Loch Ness, was commissioned by Cruise Loch Ness which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The vessel took around 12 months to build.
Working at Exeter Fabrication’s quayside manufacturing facility, the Ainscough team used a Liebherr LTM 1300 – 6.2 to lift the craft over the company offices and directly onto the water.
Dave Williams, contract lift manager at the Bristol Depot said: “The launch of any vessel is a dramatic and memorable moment for everybody concerned and this was no different. The lift itself was reasonably straight-forward and went exactly to plan.
“It was a great sight to see it suspended over the canal and slowly lower into the water.”
The vessel will go into service on Loch Ness this year taking thousands of tourists out onto the Loch to enjoy the splendour of the surroundings while maintaining a keen eye out for the fabled monster: Nessie.
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