Ainscough Crane Hire’s West London Depot has installed a series of temporary mobile telephone antennas on Peascod Street in Windsor town centre to meet the needs of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who joined local residents celebrating the marriage of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

With this many people in attendance, the existing mobile network infrastructure needed additional capacity to be brought in. The antennas were installed by Projex Cellular Infrastructure.

The festivities naturally, centred on the wedding ceremony held at Windsor Castle but the crowds were entertained throughout the day along the route of the royal procession which ferried the newly married couple to their wedding reception at St George’s Hall.

The half hour journey was captured and shared around the world within moments of the Royal couple’s appearance.

Lee Cooke, senior hire controller from Ainscough’s West London Depot said: “It is remarkable to think that we are having a hand in sending these images around the world. They will be among the most memorable sights from the year and with so many people attending, there will be millions of social media posts, messages and calls taking place at this time.

“Installing the antennas was a reasonably straight forward job for us but we needed to operate outside of trading hours to ensure there was no disruption to retailers. This also meant that we had only a two hour window operating window to deliver the lifts.”

Ainscough use a Bocker MPC 44 to deliver the lifts and provided a contract lift team to install and to remove the antenna.


Ainscough Crane Hire’s Manchester depot has completed work on two stylish new apartment blocks located next to Spinningfields in Manchester.

The full contract lift at Slate Yard on Stanley Street located behind a Premier Inn, saw the team use a 150-tonne LTM1150-6.1 crane and a 95-tonne model to lift all parts of the 65 balconies onto the buildings for client Bowmer & Kirkland, which is the main contractor on the project.

The balconies were part of the building’s one, two and three bedroom apartments for rent and will give the apartment’s residents great views over Manchester city centre and beyond. They are located in New Bailey, a new riverside development featuring commercial space, apartments and hotels.

Over a total of six weeks, the single, triple and quadruple balconies were installed onto the two 10 storey and 15 storey apartment blocks. It took a total of 180 lifts to ensure that all of the components of the 65 balconies were in place correctly.

Gary Rathburn, Manchester depot manager, said: “This was a lift that took place in a busy city centre location next to a canal, office buildings and a hotel so extra care had to be taken when on site to ensure all health and safety procedures were adhered to.

“We worked closely with the client to complete the lift safely and on time and we’re very happy with the end result.”

Paul Adesile, The Slate Yard Site Manager, said: “Ainscough worked with us to ensure that the balcony installation ran within our time scale and to the highest health and safety standards.”

The apartments are due to open in the summer of 2018.


Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes Division has assembled a tower crane at one of Liverpool’s biggest construction sites, the £1 billion Paddington Village project.

The team used a Liebherr LTM1500 to carefully piece together the steel lattice boom of the WK6017 tower crane, which is managed by specialist operator HTC Wolffkran.

The crane itself has a height under hook of 72.0m and a jib length of 40.0m. It will play a key role in building a new £35 million facility for Liverpool International College which will provide a home away from home for international students including a café, Knowledge Hub, study booths and social area with game and study zones.

The building is part of the Paddington Village project, a landmark extension to the city’s Knowledge Quarter. Beginning in summer 2017, it is part of Liverpool City Council’s vision to build on the city’s life science sector, and will work to create more jobs and increase the city’s international reputation.

Plans for Paddington Village will see the 30-acre site to the east of the city centre developed into three plots; Paddington North, Paddington Central and Paddington South. One part of the landmark extension Liverpool City Council is also entering into a design, build, maintenance and servicing contract to create a Combined Heat and Power plant to deliver a sustainable heating and power source for the buildings and businesses on site.

Andrew Winter, operations director of the heavy cranes division said “Executing this lift was all down to the planning work that took place before we got onsite. Our role is all about devising ways around any issues we’re presented with, and with this project there were major time constraints with us having to close down a road to complete the work. I’m happy to say the team worked tirelessly to make sure everything went quickly and efficiently.

“The scale of this project makes us proud to have been involved in the early stages and we look forward to seeing the finished village and everything it will bring to Liverpool as a city.”


Ainscough Wind Energy Services (AWES), are delighted to have won an award at Vestas Global Contractor Safety Day in Aarhus Denmark, last Thursday.
The award was presented to Tony Morley, QHSE Manager in recognition of our performance on projects across Europe and our collaborative working with Vestas through education, sharing our experience and investing time in the development of our team and process.
Barry Jennings, Managing Director of AWES said “I have been with AWES for a year now and we have seen both our customer base and our service offering grow, resulting in more work in more countries. Whilst this has been challenging, it’s wonderful to see the hard work of the entire team, from on-site to back office, recognised and rewarded by an industry leader. Our aim is to continue to share our learning and experience, do the right things the right way, and, most importantly, keep our team and partners safe; at AWES we always Make the Safe Choice. Well done ‘Team AWES’”


Ainscough Wind Energy Services (AWES) have expanded its business development team, appointing Sarah Lancaster as Business Development Manager.

Sarah will be leading our O&M and associated services, supporting our clients and stakeholders from a business development aspect.

Sarah has been involved in the renewables sector for the past 4 years’ having previously held similar roles at both Natural Power and Mistras Group.

John Green, Head of Sales & Commercial at AWES, said: “Sarah will be a great addition to the commercial team with her knowledge and contacts within the sector and will help AWES to achieve our exciting plan”

On her appointment, Sarah added: “I’m delighted to be joining the team at AWES, it’s an exciting time to be joining this growing team. With an extensive range of O&M services, AWES are a trusted service provider and I look forward to speaking to clients old and new on how we can support their needs”.