Ainscough Crane Hire has lifted nine prestige yachts out of the River Thames for events specialist GES. The lifts allowed for the positing of the yachts inside the ExCeL London convention centre for the 2018 London Boat Show.

The nine vessels, which were too large for road transportation, were lifted out of the water at the Royal Docks by a DemagAC350- 6 mobile crane following their journey along the River Thames from various locations including Plymouth, Poole and across the English Channel from France.

They were then transported onto the ExCeL’s show floor on a specially-designed trailer and displayed within the exhibition, which ran from 10th – 14th January.

Trevor Davies, Area Sales Manager said: “While these craft are designed to withstand the open oceans, they are an incredibly valuable cargo and great care and understanding was needed to take them from their natural habitat and into the exhibition hall.

“The quayside was the perfect location to deliver the lifts and we are very pleased that our planning enabled the lifts to be completed without a hitch.”

Yachts of this size require a specialist approach for transportation as they simply won’t fit under road bridges. With access to a large fleet of specialist cranes, we were able to provide the right equipment for the job.”

The London Boat Show is an annual event organised by the British Marine Federation and attracts up to 90,000 visitors and 350 exhibitors.


Ainscough Crane Hire’s Heavy Cranes Division has positioned a new footbridge spanning the main A465 Heads of the Valleys Road at Gilwern, close to Abergavenny in Monmouthshire.

Using an LTM 11000 D, 1000-tonne crane – the largest in Ainscough’s fleet – the single-span 57-meter long footbridge was lifted into place to provide a safe pedestrian and cycling link between communities on either side of the newly duelled carriageway.

The bridge, manufactured by Briton Fabricators Ltd has an unusual twisted design and is made from cor-ten steel which eliminates the requirement for painting and ongoing maintenance.

Andrew Clark, planning and technical support manager from Ainscough Crane Hire said: “Single span bridges do not often come much longer than this and it was a pleasure to be involved in the project. With this lift we’ve demonstrated once again that we are able to tackle the most challenging lifts no matter where they are in the country.

“It was great to see the bridge come to its final position and know that it will serve the people of the local community for decades to come.”

The A465 is recognised in the Welsh Government’s National Transport Plan as a strategically important route and its upgrade to a dual carriageway extends for 8.1km from Brynmawr in the west to Gilwern in the east.

Its completion links the previously completed Abergavenny-Gilwern and Brynmawr-Tredegar sections.

The scheme includes the construction of 14 major structures, over 12.5km of various types of retaining walls as well as excavation of over 1.2 million m3 of earthworks. All this through an extremely narrow rock gorge with a river on one side while maintaining current traffic flows on the existing route.


Ainscough Crane Hire will chalk up its 1000th day of lifting activity at the construction of EDF Energy’s new Hinkley Point C power station since it first started working on the Somerset site in 2015.

The company, which will reach this important milestone in February, has been providing lifting solutions to the Tier 1 Contractors including Bylor, Kier Bam, Costain and Balfour Beatty and to over 40 sub-contractors on site with tasks including assembly of concrete batching plants, installation of mobile offices and assistance with civil engineering elements such as drainage and retaining walls.

With a dedicated project team Ainscough’s work at Hinkley Point C has seen 22 different crane types used on site ranging from 40Te to 750Te; the 750T is the largest mobile crane to be used on site to date.

Matt Jarman, manager for Project Team said: “Working at Hinkley Point C for 3 years has given us the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the needs of the largest construction project in Europe and to build a local project team to support the ramp up of activity on site”.

“This project is a long-term commitment for us and we will strive to continue provide lifting solutions over the coming months and years.”

On reaching the 1000 lifting day’s milestone; Mike Milledge, Hinkley Point C’s Lifting Manager, said: “Congratulations to the Ainscough Team on achieving 1000 lifting days on site, the team have worked hard to understand the needs of lifting to our Nuclear Site Licence standard which is all about performing tasks safely.”

Hinkley Point C is the first nuclear power plant to be built in the United Kingdom for decades and will provide 7% of the nation’s electricity needs. The twin unit UK European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) will be capable of generating 3,260MW of secure, low carbon electricity for 60 years, powering around 6 million UK homes.

The project will create 25,000 job opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships during construction.

Left to right: Mario Martins, Project Engineer – Special Projects; Derek Gow, Sales and Marketing Director; Ian Watts, Environment Health & Safety Manager; Adam Hodgkins, Commercial Lead at Hinkley Point C; Simon Baines, Customer Services Manager; John Murphy, National Account Manager; Pia Ellis, Hire Controller; Mark James, Operations Director (South); Matt Jarman, Depot Manager


Ainscough Crane Hire has appointed three new Area Sales Managers as the business focuses on being customer driven.

The three, who will be based at different depots in Ainscough’s national network, will service existing and new customers within their respective regions.

Derek Gow, sales and marketing director at Ainscough, said: “Being a customer driven company it’s important to recruit a sales team that really invests the time to build long lasting relationships and understand our customer’s needs. We always recruit good, experienced and professional salespeople and we’d like to welcome the latest recruits to the Ainscough team.

“They have a vital role to play in our operation, their experience and local knowledge is a great asset to the team, the Area Sales Manager is key to a great customer experience.”

One of the three, Laura Thompson who is based at the Leeds Depot said: “I am really pleased to have started here at Ainscough at such an important time for the company.

“I have recently completed my induction to the company which has been incredibly helpful to understanding the product and the customer base as well as the way that we do things here.

“Along with Leeds I’m also supporting the Immingham Depot, I have a diverse customer database to cover and the next 12 months will be very busy as we aim to deliver further growth.”

Joining Laura in the sales team are Justin Cole, East London and Adrian Hanson, Falkirk.