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17th April 2020



We are working hard to help our customers with their lifting requirements during this challenging #COVID-19 period. We’re so proud of our team and their commitment to getting mission-critical work done while ensuring everyone stays safe. We’re particularly proud to have been working alongside some of our customers delivering NHS critical projects including oxygen tanks and other key facilities onto the new Nightingale London hospital site. #nhsheroes. Other sites include Birmingham’s Nightingale Hospital, Glasgow, London, Bristol, Harrogate, Manchester and Nottingham to name a few.

Ainscough Crane Hire’s East London depot worked with AIS Vanguard and cfes Ltd’s on this accelerated project, NHS nightingale hospital. AIS Vanguard (Bristol and Wigan) installed the vaporisers and then two 60,000 litre Oxygen tanks into place to help deliver 4000 beds for the NHS.

We would like to say a thank you to the military and Mace in their supporting role in this mammoth task. With bed bays now ready and a 4000-bed roll out, the biggest challenge of all now relies on our fabulous NHS staff with whom we are all working tirelessly to support. Thanks to all who have played a part every one of the 300 plus contractors and sub-contractors who have worked thousands of hours.

The temporary facility, specially designed to treat patients with coronavirus, is based at the 100,000 sq metre ExCeL conference centre in London’s Docklands, and will initially provide up to 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen. The capacity will then continue to increase – potentially up to several thousand beds – should it be required.

As well as being the new workplace for a significant number of nurses and doctors, the Nightingale Hospital will also welcome a number of military medics and volunteers that are returning to the health service.

On 26th March, two Ainscough crane operators – David Neal and Matt Styles – used 150t and 40t cranes to lift oxygen tanks and additional ancillary equipment into the new hospital.

Ainscough Crane Hire is committed to providing its services in the response to COVID-19. We are fully operational and will support the smooth running of the country’s infrastructure during this challenging period.

All ongoing work is conducted under the Construction Leadership Councils Safe Operating Procedures which are designed to keep everyone safe.

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