PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2017

We have dozens of images to select our favourite from this year and have many worthy candidates.

This striking image was taken in the autumn where we were installing and new bridge deck spanning the M180 motorway close to Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire.

Working for integrated highways services company, A-one+, our Heavy Cranes Division used a Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 to lift the 24.3 metre long beam.

Once the preparation work was complete the 500 tonne crane lifted the 64 tonne precast bridge unit into place carrying out a perfect 90 degree swing to lower it onto the pier.

A-one+ is a shared joint venture between Ch2m, Colas and Costain carrying out maintenance and repairs on motorways and trunk roads on behalf of Highways England.

SAFETY MESSAGE CARVED IN STONE AT HINKLEY POINT C

Ainscough Crane Hire’s Bristol Depot has positioned a giant stone at the entrance to EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C (HPC) development which reminds visitors of their safety responsibilities.

As part of the company’s ongoing work at the major infrastructure site, the boulder was positioned at the main entrance and will subsequently be re-located as the project develops and a new entrance at North Plaza opens later in 2018.

Matt Jarman, depot Manager at Ainscough said: “The lift was not complicated, but it was perhaps one of the most important jobs to be involved with as safety underscores every activity on site at Hinkley Point C.

“The safety message is literally carved in stone and we can’t think of a more fitting way to remind people of their responsibilities.”

Nigel Cann, programme and construction delivery director at HPC said: “Nuclear safety is our overriding priority and is one of the key messages we want to resonate with anyone who enters and of EDF Energy’s nuclear licenced sites, Hinkley Point C is no exception.”

Along with other power stations operated by EDF Energy in the UK, the stone at Hinkley Point C will be in position for the lifetime of the power station to reinforce the on-site safety culture.

CHRISTMAS IS IN FULL SWING

With just ten days left until Christmas, people from around our depots have been getting into the festive mood with our annual Christmas jumper fundraising day.

The team have nominated various charities to receive funds they raise by donating to wear their Christmas jumpers with all money raised matched, pound for pound, by the company. Many of our suppliers have also dug deep to help, for which we are very grateful.

Joanna Hughes, head of marketing said: “We are a very charitable group here at Ainscough and barely a week goes by when somebody in the business isn’t out raising money. However, Christmas jumper day is something where many more people can get involved and spread a bit of festive cheer along the way.

“We always have a great response and this year has been no exception. After all, Christmas is a time to think of others who are less fortunate and we are always happy to do our bit.”

Among the 20 charities nominated by Ainscough employees are: Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Manchester Dog’s Home, Cancer Research – Clatterbridge Hospital, Stephen Carey fund, Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Royal Voluntary Service charity, Mind – Depression support and awareness, Shooting stars children’s hospice and The Storehouse Project.

AINSCOUGH HOP TO IT AT BRODIE CASTLE

Ainscough Crane Hire’s Invergordon depot has safely lifted a giant sculpture of a rabbit into its new home in the Playful Garden development at the National Trust for Scotland’s Brodie Castle in Scotland.

The show-stopping 21ft bunny is the first of an array of characters that will soon have a home in the grounds and is part of a £3million project by the conservation charity to encourage more people to experience Scotland’s heritage.

Its journey started in Yorkshire, where the rabbit was sculpted at Paragon Creative Ltd in York out of white marble jesmonite, before being driven 300 miles north and carefully lifted into place by the Ainscough team.

Using a 55 tonne crane the team firstly got the rabbit into position before setting it in its final spot within the new garden. Following this the team then lifted and attached its ears. The sculpture’s design pays homage to the historic castles’s former owner, Ninian Brodie, who, 50 years ago, starred in a theatre production of ‘Harvey’ – a play which features a character who starts having visions of a giant rabbit.

Becky Tippett, Depot manager at Invergordon said: “This was a particularly rewarding lift to be part of as we know the bunny will be a real centrepiece for the castle, particularly with the younger visitors.

Lifting a 6.5-metre rabbit safely into place definitely isn’t an everyday occurrence for the team but overall the project was very successful, we were delighted to be working with the castle and we hope to do so again in the future.”

Brodie Castle, located in Morayshire, between Inverness and Aberdeen was the ancient seat of the Clan Brodie from 1567 and was given to the care of the National Trust for Scotland, Scotland’s largest conservation charity in 1989 by Ninian Brodie, 25th Brodie of Brodie. It is a popular attraction for its impressive family history, many antiques and unusual artefacts, walled garden, nature trails, walks and wide range of events. But perhaps its most exceptional feature is its daffodil collection started by the 24th Brodie of Brodie and which is now a recognised National Collection of horticultural significance. And it is the daffodil collection, together with the history of the Brodie family and the castles, that forms the basis of the new Playful Garden story.

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM BIG BROTHER

Ainscough Crane Hire’s Manchester Depot has completed a lift of a mobile crane from within the walls of a residential development on the outskirts of Manchester city centre.

The smaller crane a Liebherr LTM 1040 has been operating on site for 17 months building Roof Gardens, a prestigious development of 22 apartments and 49 townhouses conceived and developed by DeTrafford.

Owing to the construction schedule and the limited space around the development site, the walls of the development were built up around the crane surrounding it on each side. Before the final roof sections were completed, the crane had to be removed and the only available method was to lift it out with another crane.

The task was delivered by a Liebherr LTM 1250 which completed the lift over two hours.

Manchester Depot Manager, Gary Rathburn said: “Lifting a crane out of a site like this is not an everyday occurrence but there was sufficient space and access to complete the lift safely. It did make for a rather unusual sight and was something a little different for the teams involved.

“We’ve been working at this development for a number of months and it has been great to watch the site develop and be part of one of the highest quality developments currently on site in the city.”

Roof Gardens is located on Ellesmere Street, on the southern fringe of Manchester city centre, close to the A56 Chester Road.

PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2017 - Ainscough Crane Hire