The Allerton EfW site, developed by Amey-Cespa, uses state- of-the-art technology to generate energy from the residual waste collected in North Yorkshire and the City of York. Construction was completed in 2017, and the new facility became fully operational in early 2018.
The new £36 million facilities are reducing the amount of waste going to landfill in the region by 90%. Diverting this waste away from landfill, and using it to generate energy uses the material more effectively as a resource, and will provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes.
onstructing a complex site like Allerton EfW meant combining and organising a number of different suppliers of plant hire and materials to meet the unique specifications of the build. When main contractor Vinci was let down by its tower crane provider, they turned to Ainscough Crane Hire for in-depth expertise and range of contract lift services, to help them come up with a solution. Having a tower crane on site was essential when moving materials for the project’s logistic needs.
Therefore, a key aspect of our solution was to have a mobile tower crane present at the site. The main issue was that the location the crane needed to stand was at the base of a 28.5-metre concrete waste bunker. With a range of more than 400 cranes in our fleet, including city, truck mounted, all-terrain, crawler, lattice boom, mobile tower and heavy cranes, we could ensure that a solution wasn’t far away.
With a Terex CC 2800-1, 600t crawler crane already positioned and rigged up on site, it was planned to use the crawler crane to lift and lower the mobile tower crane into the base of the bunker.
Once in situ, the tower crane could then carry out the necessary lifts to complete the construction before being lifted out again.
After numerous CAD drawings, method statements and the centre-of-gravity calculations had all been completed, the Heavy Crane Division’s crawler crane undertook the painstaking task of lowering of the Liebherr MK110 mobile tower crane down into the bunker. With limited rigging space and just 1.5 metres of clearance on either side, the planning paid off and the mobile tower crane spent around ten weeks in the bunker before being removed.
Ainscough Crane Hire was contracted for the entire 37 month period, with no reported accidents or incidents throughout.