2018 has been a very busy year for us and we’d like to remind you of some of the highlights of the year.

January. We started the year with news of the launch of our new in-house My Ainscough App. We also received two customer awards for safety this month, one from Dow Corning for our Cardiff depot and the other from ExxonMobil for work delivered at Fawley Refinery.

February. This month saw us break through the 1,000 lift day’s mark at Hinkley Point C, a position from which we’ve built on. We also welcomed three new sales team members to our ranks.

March. In the teeth of the ‘Beast from the East’ we were celebrating our appointment to the largest road building contract in the UK: the £1.5 billion upgrade to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

April. The spring thaw came just in time for our team who were working on top of Yorkshire’s Emley Moor, erecting a temporary TV broadcast mast next to the UK’s tallest structure. We also helped the Spirit of Loch Ness set sail for its new home on, arguably, the country’s most famous in land body of water.

May. In May we got ourselves a new (hard) hat. We were in Windsor helping to install temporary mobile communications masts to deal with the volume of calls and texts at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We also picked up another safety award for good measure, this time from wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas.

June and July. Buoyed by the performances of England in the World Cup, we worked through the sweltering summer delivering countless lifts for customers including road bridges, river bridges, energy plants and even summer pop concerts.

August. With the sun still shining, we launched our 2018 apprentice intake, picked up another safety award, this time from RoSPA and had a day out at the Dreamland Amusement Park in Margate – in a professional capacity of course.

September. The start of autumn saw us piece together a critical section of the M25 whilst Andrew Spink joined to head up our Heavy Cranes team. CEO Janet Entwistle, became the chair of the CPA’s Crane Interest Group.

October. With the nights, beginning to draw in, we helped assemble a critical section of the new Manchester Metrolink line running through the borough of Trafford. We were delighted to be involved in the lifting of distillery stills at two separate site: one whiskey, one gin. Not our usual round.

November. We needed warming up just a little bit so were pleased to be involved in a renewable energy project in Exeter. We were also pleased to play our part in the renovations of a bridge named in honour of one of English football’s legendary managers.

December. Winding down toward the end of the year but there’s always time for to speak at the nuclear lifting conference.

Have a great New Year, we look forward to working with you in 2019.


Market leading national lifting solutions company Ainscough Crane Hire is playing a key role in an innovative new construction process that is revolutionizing housebuilding across the UK.

The ‘modular construction’ production line at ilke Homes’ recently opened factory in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, sees eight homes, fitted with kitchens and bathrooms, built on a daily basis for delivery to locations across the UK.

The state-of-the-art factory in Yorkshire uses innovative, modern methods of construction to build modular homes. The high-quality, energy efficient homes are transported to developments across the country and once on site, can be installed at a rate of six homes a day – cutting the time a traditional build programme takes in half in order to deliver housing to those who need it most.

Ainscough Crane Hire has been employed by ilke Homes to lift the components of the homes into place at various sites within the UK.

The potential of modular homes was recently demonstrated to delegates from across the housing industry at Housing 2018, the leading conference for property professionals. Ainscough’s Manchester depot lifted into place a show home at Barbirolli Square adjacent to the convention using a 150T crane. The home was fully installed within a day, demonstrating to attendees the potential for modular homes.

Gary Rathburn, Ainscough Crane Hire’s Manchester Depot Manager said “Ilke Homes modular construction is a game changer for the construction and housebuilding industries and represents great news for Britain’s housing market. It is a privilege for our team to play a key role in this innovative process by lifting the various components into place, and we were pleased we could help bring this innovative process to a wider audience at Housing 2018. We look forward to continuing to work with Ilke Homes and helping to create places that people are proud to call home.”

Mike Dennison, Head of Installation and Delivery at Ilke Homes said: “Ainscough have proved to be a reliable partner to Ilke in providing that profession approach to our lifting operation. Their commitment to H&S is second to none in ensuring that all our lifting operation are thoroughly planned and executed to the highest safety standards and providing the appropriate cranage to match the requirements for each of our projects.”

ilke Homes groundbreaking practices have recently been features in the national press, with both the Guardian and Daily Mail reporting on the work taking place at its Knaresborough factory.


The IMECHE Nuclear Lifting Conference held on 29th November 2018, was the only event of its kind dedicated to lifting projects in the industry. The event explored long-term strategies, unique safety cases, and cost-effective design that meets regulated standards. Furthermore, delegates understood how best to conduct complex and high-risk lifts on decommissioning, operational and new build nuclear sites.

Delegates heard talks to discover engineering solutions to the technical and environmental challenges facing those conducting high-risk lifts at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ seventh Nuclear Lifting Seminar held in Manchester.

A range of unique presentations and workshops included Ainscough Crane Hire, Office of Nuclear Regulation, Sellafield Ltd and EDF Energy. Delegates networked with engineering thought leaders in nuclear lifting strategies and safety cases.

Sam Pitt of Ainscough Crane Hire Special Projects presented the importance of thorough lift planning on nuclear sites said: ‘expert engineering solutions in complex and high risk lifting operations necessitate early involvement in the design phase’. Sam went on to explain the challenges and considerations of lifting operations on nuclear sites, significance of 3-dimensional drawing techniques in effective lift planning and the importance of suitably prepared ground.

Nuclear lifting brought together experts and delegates through panel discussion to understand the role of asset maintenance and human factors in a nuclear lifting environment. Hearing about how to lift safely in complex and high-risk lifting operations at power generation, decommissioning and military sites.


Ainscough Crane Hire’s team working on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project, have been shortlisted in the Best On-site Supplier category at the annual HPC Excellence Awards.

Ainscough has been working at the site for almost four years in which time its dedicated on-site team has delivered hundreds of lifts working for a range of Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors.

With an estimated construction cost of around £20 billion and an operational lifetime of 60 years, Hinkley Point C is one of the largest and most valuable energy infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK.

Adam Hodgkins, Commercial Lead at Hinkley Point C, said: “We are very proud to have been shortlisted for the award on this important project. The recognition is testament to the hard work and dedication of all of the staff who are involved in our work here including operators, appointed persons and the depot staff. Without these we wouldn’t be in the strong position we are on-site today.”

The awards ceremony takes place on December 13th.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR YEAR 2018 - Ainscough Crane Hire