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19th May 2020


Ainscough Crane Hire was enlisted by Dodfrey Engineering and Princes Ltd to help with major investment works at Princes UK food manufacturing site at Long Sutton near Kings Lynn. The investment works were not just critical to Princes but the wider industry at this time of national crisis, with ongoing food production identified as a key national priority by the UK Government during lockdown. Long Sutton is Princes largest food manufacturing site in the UK, producing a range of canned products including baked beans, vegetables, fruit, pulses, pasta and meatballs.

Ainscough was commissioned by Dodfrey Engineering on behalf of Princes Foods, the project’s main contractor.

Ainscough’s work took place over the first few weekends in May, with rigging plans outlining a large scope of work lifting various M&E items onto the property.
Using a CC2800 heavy crane on 100m radius, with 180.0te counterweight, an additional MK140 and LTM1130 rigging crane with 42.0t ballast. Ainscough successfully installed exchanger units, hydrostat towers, alongside other smaller features.

Limited space within the building site meant a nuanced technical approach needed to be taken, with the team at one point working at a radius of 100m.

Neil McEvoy, Group Engineering Project Manager Princes Ltd “We were very impressed with the team on-site for this job and wanted to pass on my sincere gratitude, for your support to manage these complicated lifts”

Dave Baxter, Ainscough Crane Hire’s Heavy Cranes technical manager said: “We are very privileged to have been part of the project team, technically led by Graham Lyndley, delivering this important investment for Princes. Our wide range of services meant we were fully equipped to help Dodfrey Ltd in completing these safe and efficient lifts.”

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