Ainscough Crane Hire has completed a tandem lift for housebuilding and construction group, Galliford Try, at a new biomass plant in the Welsh town of Barry.
Using two 55-tonne Liebherr 1055-3.2 all-terrain mobile cranes, the UK’s leading lifting solutions company offloaded an 11 tonne chimney stack from the transport vehicle to a secure storage area. The chimney will be installed as part of the biomass plant’s main furnace later in the year.
Ainscough operators positioned cranes either side of the 36 metre chimney section for the tandem lift and positioned hooks on pre-fabricated points. Due to the chimney’s off-centre of gravity, the top end of the chimney stack weighing 3 tonnes and the bottom weighing 8 tonnes, the use of two cranes was vital to keep the lift secure and balanced.
The lift is the latest that Ainscough has performed during the construction of Barry’s new renewable energy facility. Once complete, the biomass plant is set to provide renewable energy to around 22,000 houses a year.
Explaining the lift, area sales manager, Tim Wilson said: “Tandem lifts require more planning as they involve two cranes but thanks to industry leading equipment and highly experienced operators the job was a success and completed on schedule.
“The chimney will now be erected at a later date and we’ll be visiting the site before that to plan and prepare for that lift.
“There is no better endorsement of our approach and professionalism than repeat business and it’s great that Ainscough is playing such a key role in the ongoing creation of this new facility.”
Works manager at Galliford Try, Jason Barker said: “We decided to use Ainscough for this lift as we wanted to guarantee that the chimney stacks would be lifted safely and professionally off the transport.
“The lift was completed on time and without incident and it is a testament to Ainscough’s team that they will now be working back on the site later in the year to erect the stack.”
Ainscough Crane Hire has achieved a silver accreditation in the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
FORS is an industry-led accreditation scheme that aims to promote road freight as a safe and sustainable mode of transportation as well as providing education and development options for operators working in the sector.
With 360 degree cameras recording systems in all of Ainscough’s HGV vehicles, data regarding road safety is stored on the vehicle’s hard drive unit and can be accessed remotely for efficiency.
Ainscough used specialist transport team to support its application with the 8 sections including questions on vehicle carbon output, vehicle maintenance, vehicle performance, compliance and training.
Ainscough transport manager, Jimmy Dixon, believes the FORS silver accreditation further cements Ainscough’s reputation for being the UK’s leading lifting solutions company: “We are very pleased to achieve FORS silver standard. This accreditation reinforces our standing as a business which gets the very best out of our HGV commercial fleet, operating with consideration, care and mindfulness of the environment.
“Marks of assurance like this further prove our dedication to quality service delivery and training. Furthermore, as soon as we submitted our application we were accredited, which evidences how efficient our fleet is and how productive our team have been throughout this process.”
Ainscough Wind Energy Services has completed the assembly of 11 x MM82 turbines for Senvion at the newly-built Freasdail Wind Farm in Scotland.
Senvion Wind Energy Solutions is one of the leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines and have installed more than 6,600 wind turbines over the last 25 years.
Operated by Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES), Freasdail Wind Farm, located on the Kintyre Peninsula, boasts turbines with the joint capacity to produce approximately 22.55 megawatts. Each turbine installed at the wind farm has a tower height of 59 metres and a rotor diameter of 82 metres.
Using two all-terrain mobile cranes, a 500 tonne Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 and a 100 tonne Liebherr LTM 1095-5.1 to complete the installion of 11 turbines, along with mechanical and electrical completion works.
The job was completed on schedule with the team erecting the last turbine in the first week of January. Stephen Davis, Ainscough Wind Energy Services project manager, said: “This project was particularly challenging due to the location and the weather conditions on site at this time of the year. We were led by the site manager, Pedro Pinto, and worked efficiently and proactively to complete the build in a little under two months and ahead of programme.”
“This is the second construction project Ainscough Wind Energy Services has undertaken with RES in the last year, alongside the operations and maintenance function that we provide for them, our working relationship continues to go from strength-to-strength.”
Stephanie Oxley, corporate communications manager at Senvion, said: “Due to the adverse weather conditions, the Ainscough Wind Energy Services team had to work smartly and efficiently in order to complete the turbine assemblies within the desired timescale. Their commitment demonstrates their professional approach and the reason they are one of our key suppliers in the UK market.
“The work carried out at Freasdail Wind Farm further strengthens Senvion’s relationship with Ainscough and we look forward to further developing this partnership.”
Market-leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, have added another Spierings SK1265 mobile tower crane to its nationwide fleet.
Andrew Winter, Heavy Cranes – Operations Director, said: “Our experience in the mobile tower crane sector has been enormously positive.
“The mobile tower cranes have been a real asset to us, particularly in tight, city centre locations where access is restricted. The cranes are erected in 11 minutes from start-up meaning we can maximise the time spent at site delivering the lifts rather than setting up.
“The new crane is part of our national resource and can be hired through any of our 32 nationwide depots. The investment in the new crane further demonstrates our commitment to maintain our excellent service levels to our customers across the UK.”
Photo from left to right: Arjen Joling – Service Engineer/Trainer, Spierings Mobile Cranes, Koos Spierings – Commercial Director, Spierings Mobile Cranes, Janet Entwistle – Chief Executive Officer, Martin Docherty – Crane Operator and Andrew Winter – Operations Director Heavy Cranes.
Ainscough Crane Hire has helped Yorkshire’s Middleton Railway Trust start the next phase of the restoration of a historic steam locomotive which was discovered at a sugar mill in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.
The Picton model engine has been owned by the Trust for over a decade when it was discovered by former chairman, David Monckton, while on holiday. At 10 feet wide, the gauge of the 1927 engine is too wide for UK specified track so a short section of wide-gauge track has been especially constructed to accommodate it.
Using Ainscough’s Liebherr LTM 1200-5.1, the locomotive is now safely in position and a shed will be constructed around the locomotive to protect it from the weather which will allow the painstaking task of restoration begin. Ainscough also lifted two steam cranes as part of the job.
Matt Rice, area sales manager from Ainscough’s Leeds depot said: “It was a wonderful moment to re-set the locomotive back on its track for the first time in over ten years. The people in the Trust are real enthusiasts and are doing a fantastic job of preserving this part of Yorkshire’s industrial manufacturing past.
“It was great to be able to support them in this way and we wish them well for the restoration of the engine.”
Middleton Railway Trust vice president Ian Smith said: “When it was fully operational, Picton would have weighed 52 tonnes. The team at Ainscough have been very good to us and we’re very grateful to them for their support.”
Picton forms an important part of the Leeds locomotive building story, having been produced for export in the city.
The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in the form of a £70,650 grant which enabled the Trust to buy and conserve two locomotives from the David Monckton collection.
Ainscough Crane Hire completed a number of challenging lifts to assemble a new road bridge in the town of in Ashton-Under-Lyne in Tameside, Greater Manchester, whilst working for infrastructure company Murphy Group.
The Richmond Street Bridge crosses the Manchester to Huddersfield railway line and is in need of replacing after the original 100 year old bridge fell into disrepair.
Requiring a £4 million pound investment from Network Rail, the new bridge was installed during August bank holiday by Ainscough using a Terex Demag TC2800-1 lattice boom mobile crane. The crane was configured with a 72 metre main boom, a 160 tonne super structure counterweight and a 250 tonne super lift counterweight to install the bridge’s sill beams, parapet beams, and internal beams and approach units.
Following the installation, additional works were carried out until the 730 tonne bridge was re-opened to traffic in November 2016. It is anticipated that the new Richmond Street Bridge will be operational for 125 years.
Completing the lifts over four 12 hour shifts whilst a rail possession was in place, technical contracts manager Dave Baxter, was pleased with the outcome, saying: “As Murphy Group’s main supplier of lifting services, we are familiar with their operations and their approach.
“We were working with very tight parameters which meant we needed to be extra vigilant. We set up in a narrow yard parallel to the rail track, with only 11 metres to operate in.
“With the time limits on rail possession, you always have one eye on the clock but I had no doubt that the team would complete the work in a swift and efficient manner and they didn’t let me down.”
Ian Spibey, engineering manager at J Murphy & Sons Limited said: “Everything went to plan and Ainscough’s co-operation played a pivotal role in ensuring that the lifts were completed within our tight time frame.
“We have been working on rail-related projects with Ainscough for eight years now and we have become accustomed to their dedication and professionalism. Once again, their service was of a very high standard.”
Market leading lifting company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has completed a lift in Sunderland for structural repair specialist St Astier, after they restored a statue to the top of the city’s Empire Theatre.
The golden Terpsichore statue (the Greek goddess of dance and chorus) had been a fixture in one incarnation or another atop the 2000 capacity venue since it opened its doors in 1907 but was removed for safety reasons following wind damage in early 2015.
A team from Ainscough’s local depot used a Liebherr LTM 1060-3.1 all-terrain crane to reinstate the mythical figurine to its perch, some 90 ft above the street below.
Depot manager, Gary Brown, said: “The statue has a real significance to the people of Sunderland and we’re pleased to help restore it to its rightful position.
“Carrying out lifts in busy urban environments comes with a particular set of challenges and considerations but thanks to thorough planning and the experience of Ainscough’s operators, we were able to complete the job safely and quickly.”
Ranson Og, managing director at St Astier, said: “The lift was carefully planned and went smoothly – in fact it only took 45 minutes to re-site the figure.
“The Ainscough team were very professional in their approach and were able to guide the statue on to its mounting, where there were tolerances of only 5mm, were a testament to the skill of the operatives.”
The original statue was actually removed during World War II, after a bomb had fallen nearby rocking the foundations of the theatre. It is now preserved inside the building where it sits pride of place overlooking the main staircase with a replica in its place on top of the theatre.
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