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8th January 2019



Market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has further affirmed its close ties to cutting edge modular construction with a project in Barnsley.

Ainscough’s Sheffield depot was hired by AEP Group to assist with the assembling of a new McDonald’s outlet in the town. The lift was undertaken using a Liehberr 1040-2.1 crane, which lifted into place the pre-built sections, including the roof and steel frames, of the restaurant over a number of days. The activity was undertaken by crane operator Shaun Smith.

The project utilised AEP Group’s innovative ‘flat pack’ system, which involves pre-assembled components being lifted in by crane.

The new restaurant forms part of the Better Barnsley Town Centre Retail and Leisure Development, which is part of plans within the Sheffield City Region for capital funding to be used to unlock transport connectivity and enhance the long term sustainability of the region.

The development is key to the regeneration of Barnsley town centre, and will provide a library, town square, refurbished indoor market as well as retail and leisure amenities, such as the new McDonalds.

Damian Napper, Ainscough Crane Hire’s Sheffield and Leeds Depot Manager, commented: “The regeneration plans for Barnsley are very exciting, and will hopefully provide a great economic boost to the town. We’re therefore very pleased to have played a role in making the plans a reality. The work that took place constructing the new McDonalds is a great example of collaboration – a straightforward lift, but its smooth running was a direct result of the excellent instruction and knowledge of AEP. We hope the people of Barnsley enjoy the new restaurant and the other amenities that will be built in the years ahead.”

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