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16th August 2018



Ainscough’s Lancaster depot has safely undertaken emergency works to assist West Cumbria based Ashcroft Demolition in making Carlisle’s Central Plaza Hotel safe again.

Prior to the work to stabilise the crumbling Grade II-listed Central Plaza Hotel, the derelict building was so dangerous that parts of the road had to be closed off for several weeks, causing havoc on businesses and major traffic complications.

The Ainscough team was involved in extensive planning with the demolition experts to ensure the derelict hotel would not collapse on the day.

They then used a LTM1095-5.1 and a LTM1060-3.1 to strip more than 160 tonnes of masonry from the building and the roof, chimneys, gable ends and front elevation of the upper floors were also removed.

Ross Chappell, assistant manager of the Lancaster depot said: “This was a difficult lift to plan due to its position in the city centre, as one of the cranes had to be positioned on an old railway arch. The job involved lifting down tons of loose masonry and some lifts even had to be rigged from a man basket lifted by the secondary crane.

“As always safety was at the forefront of everyone’s mind and it is incredibly gratifying that everything went so smoothly. I’d like to thank all involved for their professionalism and hard work, in particular our operatives on site and the depot hire desk, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to organise the logistics of the day. It’s great to have all come together to help reduce disruption for the local residents, making this a positive experience all round.”

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