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2nd July 2021


Although Ainscough Crane Hire’s team is often found lifting bridges at public infrastructure projects across the country, its Birmingham depot recently used its expertise in this field to support the building programme of a new state-of-the-art rugby training ground.

Wasps Rugby Football Club is currently in the process of building its new high-performance training centre in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire.

The repurposing of a site previously owned by Warwickshire College Group is being delivered by Warwickshire construction firm Wigley Building & Development Limited and includes upgrading an artificial pitch into a Rugby Football Union compliant 3G+ surface and the transformation of a former storage area into a new full-size training pitch.

Internal works on the site on Stratford Road also include the creation of a purpose-built gym, offices for coaching and administration staff, a media centre as well as a medical complex.

Ainscough was hired by CTS Bridges to perform a lift of a footbridge linking the site’s car park to the complex on behalf of Wigley Building & Development Limited.

A 55t all-terrain mobile crane on a CPA Hire was deployed, operated by Ainscough’s Lee Foster, to install a 16 metre footbridge from its position on an AP Hollingworth lorry to its new home.

Commenting on the job, Lee Foster, Crane Operator Birmingham said: “Wasps’ new home in Warwickshire promises to be a great new facility for its players to train and prepare. It’s really coming along nicely and thanks to the teamwork of ourselves, CTS Bridges, and AP Hollingworth, this was a straightforward lift for us to complete.”

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