Ainscough’s Manchester depot team has successfully completed a lift at the site of a new hotel development at MediaCity, in the city of Salford.

The team used a Liebherr LTM 1055-1 to lift construction materials including decking boards and concrete blocks onto the roof of White Tower, which were to be used in the construction of a unique outdoor ‘chill out’ area on the roof of the hotel operated by Holiday Inn.

The 15-storey hotel stands 68-metres high and is one of the tallest buildings at Salford Quays and its roof space commands stunning views across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and the Peak District.

The lift was completed for Preferred Spaces Ltd, which deliver turn-key fit-out solutions to customers across a wide range of sectors.

The work forms part of the ever expanding 200-acre MediaCity site, which includes the likes of the BBC, ITV, Ericsson and Kellogg’s and sits on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford.

Gary Rathburn, head of the Manchester depot commented: “Precise planning and co-operation is always what makes lifts successful, and it was testament to the team that we were able to complete the lift so safely and efficiently.

“It’s great to be operating on a site where so much expansion has and will continue to take place, and for Ainscough to play a part in a development of this scale is very rewarding.”


Ainscough Crane Hire has launched a new app which will further underpin the culture of safety within the company.

The App is designed to engage with all team members sharing information on employee benefits, company news and regular safety updates, the new app is available to all of the Ainscough team. Uniquely it allows for crane operators to communicate “near miss reporting” in real time, operators and engineers are encouraged to share “near misses” so that we can learn from the experience.

HR Director, Maggie Langford explained the purpose of the app. She said: “At Ainscough we are always looking for new ways to work and to innovate the way we do things. The app fulfills a number of functions for the business but it allows the team to feel connected to the business and to enable real time two way communications so that team members have a voice and can tell us what is happening in the real world.”

“By using the app, our team has access to the very latest information and guidance from our QHSE team and can learn from others’ experiences. The effect is that they can operate more efficiently and with additional awareness of potential risks. We know these are key reasons why our customers return to us time and again and it is vital that we reflect their demands in our approach.”

The app is available to download to any operating system on smart phones, tablets, PDAs or laptop / desktop computers. It enhances our “Make the Safe Choice” approach to managing health and safety risk.


Janet Entwistle took over the reins of one of Europe’s largest crane rental companies – UK based Ainscough Crane Hire – 16 months ago. She recently granted her first interview to Cranes & Access editor Mark Darwin. Read more here…………..


Silicone-based materials manufacturer Dow Corning has acknowledged Ainscough Crane Hire’s “Make the Safe Choice” approach by presenting crane operator Ray Jones with a gold safety award.

Ray received the accolade for safely completing a complex lifting operation during the annual month-long maintenance shut down at Dow Corning’s manufacturing facility in Barry, South Wales in September and October.

Health and safety is crucial to the multi-million pound maintenance programme which involves multiple contractors working on site to repair and replace heavy plant and equipment in a time-critical operation.

Dow Corning presents gold, silver and bronze safety awards each day of the operation to individuals who demonstrate exemplary commitment to ensuring the delivery of high health and safety standards.

Ray, who has worked for Ainscough for 25 years, received his award – plus a £75 voucher – from Dow Corning shut down manager Derek Stephens in recognition of his dedication to high safety standards.

Dow Corning maintenance team leader, Neil Sweet, said: “Ray safely lifted in one of our re-boilers, which is a critical and complex operation, and meant he spent virtually all day in the crane manoeuvring this equipment into position.”

Neil added: “Ray is a credit to Ainscough and was always extremely helpful during our shut down programme.”

Paul Sullivan, manager of Ainscough’s Cardiff depot, where Ray is based, said: “Ray played a key role in the safe and successful completion and this major operation. We had 25 cranes on site and the programme was running day and night at its peak.

“Due to the large number of contractors on site, the health and safety element of operations must be carefully managed and Ray’s committed approach was clearly valued. He embodies the Make the Safe Choice ethos and we are very pleased his efforts have been recognised by the customer in this way.”


As we kick-start the New Year; we’ve added up the total raised by our teams from the 2017 Christmas Jumper Day. This year we raised an incredible £5370.70! This will be split evenly between our 20 nominated charities.

The event on the 15th December raised the festive sprits throughout the company as the Ainscough teams dug out their favourite green and red knitwear to look the part whilst helping some very serious causes.

Joanna Hughes, head of marketing said: “It’s been another hugely successful year for our jumper wearing teams, and it’s great that we can not only have a good time over the festive period, but also simultaneously give back to our local communities.

There were some brilliant jumpers this year, we had everything from reindeers in Stockport to Christmas puddings in Preston! There’s a constant stream of fundraising going on throughout the year, but it’s great when we can all lend a hand and pull together, especially when the money will be used so well.

Thank you again to everyone who got involved and helped make this such a positive experience.”

The teams nominated their chosen charities and as always the money donated will be split evenly amongst the worthy causes, which this year are:
• Thames Valley Air Ambulance
• Deeside hospital league of friends
• Manchester dogs home
• Marina Dalglish – The Marina Dalglish Foundation
• Cancer Research – Clatterbridge Hospital –
• Defibrillator purchase for Head Office
• Stephen Carey fund
• Rosemere Cancer Foundation – Preston
• Christies Hospital
• Royal Voluntary Service charity
• Men matter – Prostate cancer UK –
• The National Autism Society –
• Mind – Depression support and awareness.
• Shooting stars childrens hospice
• The Childrens Society
• The Storehouse Project
• Blossoms Legacy – Blossoms story:
• Wish Upon A Star
• Cystic Fibrosis –


Ainscough Crane Hire’s Team at Fawley Depot, which is based on site at ExxonMobil Fawley Refinery close to Southampton in Hampshire, have had their approach to onsite safety recognised by the site.

Attending the Annual Contractor Safety Conference at the complex, the conference closed with the presentation of the Annual Contractor ‘Tiger Awards’ to celebrate outstanding contractor performance in 2017.

Among the recipients of the awards was depot manager Lee Cakebread, whose commitment to embracing the safety culture onsite was recognised with an individual leadership award.

Upon receiving the award, Lee said: “We are a close team here at Fawley and the culture of safety is something we have put front and centre of our thinking. Working in a petro-chemical environment, safety assumes an even higher level of importance and it is our first and last thought on each and every lift we deliver here.

“It’s gratifying to be recognised with the award but it is more important to me that we maintain our safety standards as we move forward.”

The Fawley refinery is the largest oil refinery in the United Kingdom, and one of the most complex refineries in Europe. With a capacity of 270,000 barrels a day, Fawley provides 20 percent of UK refinery capacity. An estimated 2,300 people are employed at the site.