A lift team from Ainscough Crane Hire’s Ipswich Depot has had its hard work, approach to safety and professionalism recognised by the main contractor – Kier Construction – which is building a new 420-place primary school in Norwich.

Recognised as sub-contractor of the month for June 2018 at the site of the emerging St Clements Hill Primary School, the Ainscough team has delivered lifting support to the construction team including assembling the steel frame of the building.

Phil Wright, senior engineer from Kier Construction said: “We were very impressed with the whole team working with us on the project.

“From the earliest stages through to the team carrying out the contract lift, they have all been very professional, working with us when we needed to review works and ensuring that everything was carried out in a safe manner.”

Depot Manager at the Ipswich Depot, Lee Garrett added: “It is always pleasing to receive positive feedback no matter whether it’s from a one-off customer or a long-term client.

“I’m particularly pleased for our lift supervisor Shaun Wingar as this was his first un-shadowed job since receiving his CPCS card. It’s a great credit to the whole team and reflects well on them, our depot and the whole company.”

Construction work started in January 2018 and is expected to be complete at the end of 2018. Once complete, the new school will include a two-storey teaching block, a new main hall and a single-storey area next to an existing sports pavilion.

Picture from left to right, David Biedul – slinger/signaller, Kier site agent- David Shorten, lift supervisor – Shaun Wingar and Lewis Springfield – crane operator.


Ainscough Crane Hire’s Sheffield depot has successfully lifted a new landmark feature into place at the start point to the gateway to Yorkshire.

The imposing structure of a large yellow Y commemorates the Great Yorkshire Way, the direct link from the motorway network to Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA), which has recently opened to traffic.

Acting as an iconic start point to the great county of Yorkshire, it will be one of the first sights visitors to the county will see when they arrive at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and venture on to their destination.

It has a height of 8.6m, the equivalent of two double decker buses, and weighs 13 tonnes.

Working on behalf of TARMAC, the Ainscough team used Liebherr LTM1200-5.1 and Liebherr LTM1055-3.1 models to lift the piece carefully into place.

The giant Y was designed by the artist Chris Brammall and commissioned by Doncaster Council as part of the Great Yorkshire Way scheme.

Damian Napper, depot manager said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the installation of an iconic landmark and lift the “Y” in place for the start of the Tour de Yorkshire.

“There were some challenges along the way as we faced a short weather window in which to carry out the lift but the team expertly overcame this and managed to install the structure on time, on budget with zero incidents.”


Ainscough Crane Hire’s Manchester depot has helped keep Manchester Airport’s bus station cool during the hot summer months after it successfully completed the lift of two 10 tonne 1 megawatt chilled water air conditioning units onto the roof of the 4M Building.

Working for facility services client ISS, the full contract lift using a 250-tonne crane took place over a weekend to minimise disruption at the busy transport hub, which is open 24/7.

An exclusion zone was put in place to allow space for the crane to manoeuvre away from the moving traffic while still enabling the bus station to remain open and continue regular operations.

The 10 metre long chillers were lifted successfully without any issues within the two day time frame and the bus, tram and train Station and multi tenanted offices are now back to being a fully air-conditioned space.

Kevin McLafferty, area sales manager at the Manchester depot said: “This was a very busy area of the airport with traffic coming and going at every hour of the day so carrying out a lift in this environment required careful planning and risk assessment by the team involved.

“We worked very closely with ISS and the maintenance team at Manchester Airport to ensure that the lift could be completed safely and it was great to see it all go to pan.”

Anthony Hynes, project manager at ISS, said: “The existing chillers had failed and the building was being cooled by temporary hire equipment at considerable cost. It was a fast track project with the crane lift being key to hitting programme. It was ambitious to crane off the redundant equipment and lift the chillers, additional steel work and prefabricated pipework over one weekend.

“The service provided by Ainscough was professional and reassuring, they worked great as a team. The slinger banks men were both helpful and practical and they completed the work in fewer lifts than we had anticipated and we actually handed the bus station back early.”


Working on Highways England’s £1.5 billion road improvement scheme for specialist bridge fabricator, Cleveland Bridge, a supply chain partner for the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (IDT), Ainscough has installed the four-beam mid-section of a viaduct over the River Great Ouse on the outskirts of Huntingdon which will carry the widened six-lane A14 over the river and on towards the city of Cambridge. Using a 600-tonne DEMAG CC2800-1 crawler crane, the Ainscough team lifted each of the 70-tonne steel beams into position earlier this month.

The crane was positioned on a specially- constructed platform which enabled the whole series of lifts to be completed from a single location. This maximised efficiency on site by removing the need to move the crane to separate lift locations.

Lee Driver, area sales manager at Ainscough Crane Hire said: “The viaduct is a key element of the A14 project and we were very pleased to have delivered the lifts necessary to put it into position. As the A14 Integrated Delivery Team’s preferred supplier, we have built great trust and rapport with them and a range of contractors on site as we continue to deliver professional, high-quality work along the length of the road.”

Chris Droogan, managing director of Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “The River Great Ouse viaduct is a showpiece element of the A14 project and is worthy of its place as one of the most significant structures in our history. It is also an excellent example of the ingenuity of our designers, engineers and the highly collaborative relationship our site team has with our client on the project.

“The viaduct will have a major impact on improving this part of the UK’s road network and we are very proud to have played a part in its development.”

The viaduct is the largest structure on the A14 project and measures 745 metres in length to enable the road to pass over the river’s flood plain.

The innovative design of the viaduct, which includes a pre-cast deck fabricated at the IDT’s yard at nearby Brampton, has improved the safety and quality of the structure while reducing costs by approximately £4 million.

The structure, which contains 6,000 tonnes of steel and comprises 76 separate main girders and 800 cross girders, was fabricated at Cleveland Bridge’s production facility in Darlington, County Durham, before being transported to site by road over a period of months.