Crane hire and contract lift services in Southampton

Market leading crane hire and contract lift services in Southampton. With the UK’s largest fleet of mobile cranes operating from 30 strategic depots across the country, Ainscough is able to deploy to any location, making us the only one able to offer a truly national service. Whether you want to hire a crane in Southampton on an ad-hoc basis, or multiple vehicles to undertake heavier or more complex lifts, you can rely on Ainscough to provide all the reliability, availability, expertise and capability you need.

Address First Avenue,
Millbrook Trading Estate,
SO15 0LJ
Phone 0845 113 0460

Why Ainscough?

  • The only national crane hire service

  • Largest lifting service company in the UK

  • 30 stategic locations spanning the country

  • Largest fleet of cranes across our specialist divisions

Ainscough Crane Hire Services

Our safety culture is of paramount importance to our team. Our guiding principles centre on the idea that we all share a collective responsibility for the safety of everybody engaged in our operations, as well as anyone surrounding them – including our people, our customers, and members of the public. Ainscough holds numerous accreditations in recognition of our commitment to safety, and ensuring a safe system of work is a key priority in everything we do.

QHSE - Make the Safe Choice

  • ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 accredited
  • RISQS 5 star rating by the Rail Industry RoSPA Silver Award
  • Safety measures regularly evaluated, tested, inspected and audited to uphold our impressive safety record
  • Health and safety procedures communicated and reinforced through training programmes and regular bulletins


  • Best-in-class Liebherr mobile cranes
  • Stringent fleet maintenance schedules to increase availability and reliability
  • Scale, infrastructure and in-house services to make cranes available for any purpose, at any time and location
  • Extensive planning, experienced personnel and flawless execution to guarantee jobs will be completed on-schedule


  • Largest fleet in the UK, with over 400 mobile cranes
  • Nationwide 30 depot network to cover any location in the UK
  • Fleet capabilities of up to 1000 tonnes


  • Experience on all aspects of a lift, from consultation through to execution
  • Extensive industry experience and highly trained personnel
  • Sector-specific expertise for the most complex lifts
  • Highest standards of customer service, lift design and operation.
  • 600+

    Trained opertators and engineers

  • 400+

    Mobile cranes, up to 1000 tonnes

  • 30+

    Depots nationwide

Expertise and dedicated logistics support

With over 40 years in operation behind us, we’ve been providing our diverse range of lifting services to blue chip customers in a wide range of industries. Safety is at the heart of everything we do, and our experienced staff consists of the most knowledgeable and trusted experts in the lifting industry, enabling us to deliver results with diligence, precision and efficiency. Our team includes crane operators, contract lift managers, lift operatives and engineers, and health and safety officers, giving us the expertise to target all areas of a project with planning and engineering services of the highest quality.

“The service fully met my requirements and expectations, I have used the
local depot on many occasions and always get a first class service”

Managing Director at Babcock Rail

Leading contract lift projects in Southampton

Our contract lift solutions encompass a range of services in which Ainscough staff can handle all aspects of the lift, from the initial design (which we complete using CAD software or BIM Modelling) all the way through to final execution. This covers the risk assessment, method statement provision, QHSE analysis, road closure management, transport logistics, and round-the-clock management.

This planning and implementation is undertaken by our own specialist engineers and contract lift managers at Ainscough, giving you peace of mind in making the safe choice with a contract lift in Southampton. For particularly complex, high-risk or heavy lifts, Ainscough can make our services available as part of a bespoke turnkey package, tailored to your specific schedule and requirements.

Exceptional service across a range of sectors

At Ainscough Crane Hire, we have extensive experience in serving clients across a wide variety of sectors, including:

  • Infrastructure
  • Petrochemical, oil and gas
  • Industrial
  • Power generation
  • Construction

Each of our lifting services puts our wide range of mobile tower cranes, crawler cranes and heavy cranes at your disposal, allowing you to hire a crane as either a single vehicle or as part of a larger, multi-unit contract project in Southampton. Whether you require one-off mobile crane hire, industry leading project management, or comprehensive contract lift solutions in Southampton, you can count on Ainscough to deliver.

Crane hire and contract lift services in Southampton - Ainscough Crane Hire Ltd