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19th July 2018


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Ainscough Crane Hire’s Sheffield depot has successfully lifted a new landmark feature into place at the start point to the gateway to Yorkshire.

The imposing structure of a large yellow Y commemorates the Great Yorkshire Way, the direct link from the motorway network to Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA), which has recently opened to traffic.

Acting as an iconic start point to the great county of Yorkshire, it will be one of the first sights visitors to the county will see when they arrive at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and venture on to their destination.

It has a height of 8.6m, the equivalent of two double decker buses, and weighs 13 tonnes.

Working on behalf of TARMAC, the Ainscough team used Liebherr LTM1200-5.1 and Liebherr LTM1055-3.1 models to lift the piece carefully into place.

The giant Y was designed by the artist Chris Brammall and commissioned by Doncaster Council as part of the Great Yorkshire Way scheme.

Damian Napper, depot manager said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the installation of an iconic landmark and lift the “Y” in place for the start of the Tour de Yorkshire.

“There were some challenges along the way as we faced a short weather window in which to carry out the lift but the team expertly overcame this and managed to install the structure on time, on budget with zero incidents.”

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