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26th November 2020



Ainscough Crane Hire has worked with Willmott Dixon Interiors to support its commitment to eliminating carbon from its operations by 2030, which will involve all of its sites becoming fossil fuel free.

As a large proportion of carbon emissions come from the plant and machinery on-site, the company recognises the importance of the early adoption of electric plant alternatives to help it achieve its goals.

As part of its work delivering the refurbishment of the London Road Building at London South Bank University, Willmott Dixon Interiors, therefore, trialled the electric capabilities of Ainscough Crane Hire’s Liebherr MK140 compact mobile tower crane.

The MK140 is a mobile diesel combustion crane that can be plugged in on-site, helping companies to reduce their carbon footprint.

Using the mobile crane has various environmental, operational and safety benefits, including:

● Lower CO2 emissions, improved energy consumption and better air quality
● Minimal noise once in operation
● Less supporting infrastructure, transport and materials required for set-up than a conventional tower crane

● Easy to relocate according to programme and logistics requirements
● Compact size makes it flexible with location on smaller sites
● The crane can be operated with existing site electricity supply

● Variable raised cab height provides better operator visibility
● The cab is air-conditioned and comfortable, reducing the onset of fatigue
● Automatic set-up and assistance system features improve safety

Dillon Silva, operations manager at Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “We have welcomed the opportunity to trial the use of Ainscough Crane Hire’s MK140 mobile tower crane. The crane’s innovative design includes a separate cab on the mast which travels like a lift. It allows the driver to see a lifting operation first-hand, whilst offering dual power options. And we are also saving on fuel costs when operating on mains supply.”

Tim Denby, commercial manager at Ainscough Crane Hire said: “The MK140 has proven to be the ideal choice for this project as a cost-effective alternative to a sited tower crane. Add this to the carbon footprint and noise reduction and you have an innovative solution that many sites are now considering.”

Can you hear the silence? take a look at our video of the MK140 crane changeover from diesel to electric.

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