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4th December 2019

AINSCOUGH AND BUILDZONE UK ASSESS FIRE DAMAGE AT HISTORIC STAFFORDSHIRE BUILDING

Ainscough Crane Hire has assisted Buildzone Ltd UK in its work assessing the damage caused by a recent fire at a historic building in Staffordshire.

In August, an accidental fire tore through Betley Court, a Grade II-listed manor house in Newcastle-under-Lyme that was built in 1716.

A team of firefighters worked for twelve hours to put out the blaze, part of which had been converted into apartments. The building’s 24 residents were safely evacuated, but the damage to Betley Court itself was substantial.

Buildzone UK Ltd, one of the UK’s leading privately owned building and construction companies and a specialist in restoration and repair of damaged buildings has been appointed by Betley Court’s owners to assess the full extent of the damage caused by the fire.

Buildzone UK Ltd has enlisted Ainscough to assist with this process through a full contract lift. An MK140 tower crane has been used to inspect the walls and roof to confirm the damage done to various parts of the building’s structure as a result of the fire.

Gary Rathburn, Ainscough Crane Hire’s Manchester depot manager, commented: “No one could fail to be moved by the scenes earlier this year when a fire ripped through Betley Court. The impact was devastating, both for the residents and for the historic building itself.

“It is, therefore, a real honour for our team to work with Buildzone UK Ltd in beginning the process of repairing the damage caused by the fire. Our teams are working closely together and have had to be very careful but through close collaboration, we look forward to taking the first steps towards the restoration of a much loved historic building here in Newcastle-under-Lyme.”

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