Ainscough Crane Hire has completed a tandem lift for housebuilding and construction group, Galliford Try, at a new biomass plant in the Welsh town of Barry.
Using two 55-tonne Liebherr 1055-3.2 all-terrain mobile cranes, the UK’s leading lifting solutions company offloaded an 11 tonne chimney stack from the transport vehicle to a secure storage area. The chimney will be installed as part of the biomass plant’s main furnace later in the year.
Ainscough operators positioned cranes either side of the 36 metre chimney section for the tandem lift and positioned hooks on pre-fabricated points. Due to the chimney’s off-centre of gravity, the top end of the chimney stack weighing 3 tonnes and the bottom weighing 8 tonnes, the use of two cranes was vital to keep the lift secure and balanced.
The lift is the latest that Ainscough has performed during the construction of Barry’s new renewable energy facility. Once complete, the biomass plant is set to provide renewable energy to around 22,000 houses a year.
Explaining the lift, area sales manager, Tim Wilson said: “Tandem lifts require more planning as they involve two cranes but thanks to industry leading equipment and highly experienced operators the job was a success and completed on schedule.
“The chimney will now be erected at a later date and we’ll be visiting the site before that to plan and prepare for that lift.
“There is no better endorsement of our approach and professionalism than repeat business and it’s great that Ainscough is playing such a key role in the ongoing creation of this new facility.”
Works manager at Galliford Try, Jason Barker said: “We decided to use Ainscough for this lift as we wanted to guarantee that the chimney stacks would be lifted safely and professionally off the transport.
“The lift was completed on time and without incident and it is a testament to Ainscough’s team that they will now be working back on the site later in the year to erect the stack.”