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26th September 2019

ainscough works with balfour beatty on landmark scottish development

crane bridge installation

Ainscough Crane Hire has completed its first lift as part of Balfour Beatty’s work on an ambitious roadbuilding programme in Scotland.

Transport Scotland appointed Balfour Beatty to undertake the second phase section of the A9 Dualling Programme, which will upgrade 9.5km of single carriageway from Luncarty to the Pass of Birnam.

The A9 Dualling Programme will upgrade 80 miles (129 kilometres) of road from single to dual carriageway. Transport Scotland’s £3 billion programme is designed to deliver economic growth through improved road safety and reliable and quicker journey times, as well as better links to pedestrian, cycling and public transport facilities.

As part of Balfour Beatty’s work on the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project, it has enlisted Ainscough Carne Hire as the sole supplier to lift four structures into place over the new dual carriageway.

Balfour Beatty is using its own appointed persons for all cranes under 100t on the project but has enlisted Ainscough’s experience and expertise to supervise activity with all heavier capacity cranes.

Ainscough utilised a 750t crane to lift 15 pre-cast concrete beams into place that will form part of a new Stanley/ Tully Belton junction above the A9 carriageway, near Perth. Ainscough also deployed a LTM 1500t crane to install culverts, closed tunnels that allow water to flow under a road, with another two visits planned for further installations.

Ainscough is set to deliver three more structures as part of the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project.

Adrian Hanson, Business Development Manager – Falkirk depot, Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “It’s a great honour for Ainscough Crane Hire to be the sole lifting supplier for such a prestigious job. When complete, the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project will play a key role in the future economic development of Scotland, and we look forward to continuing to work with Balfour Beatty on this key phase in Transport Scotland’s ambitious vision.”

Karl Eckelkamp, Balfour Beatty foreman, said: “The professionalism and team work of Ainscough helped us achieve a successful beam lift operation safely and on time, which is crucial in a time sensitive road closure situation.”

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