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13th July 2018


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Ainscough Crane Hire’s Manchester depot has helped keep Manchester Airport’s bus station cool during the hot summer months after it successfully completed the lift of two 10 tonne 1 megawatt chilled water air conditioning units onto the roof of the 4M Building.

Working for facility services client ISS, the full contract lift using a 250-tonne crane took place over a weekend to minimise disruption at the busy transport hub, which is open 24/7.

An exclusion zone was put in place to allow space for the crane to manoeuvre away from the moving traffic while still enabling the bus station to remain open and continue regular operations.

The 10 metre long chillers were lifted successfully without any issues within the two day time frame and the bus, tram and train Station and multi tenanted offices are now back to being a fully air-conditioned space.

Kevin McLafferty, area sales manager at the Manchester depot said: “This was a very busy area of the airport with traffic coming and going at every hour of the day so carrying out a lift in this environment required careful planning and risk assessment by the team involved.

“We worked very closely with ISS and the maintenance team at Manchester Airport to ensure that the lift could be completed safely and it was great to see it all go to pan.”

Anthony Hynes, project manager at ISS, said: “The existing chillers had failed and the building was being cooled by temporary hire equipment at considerable cost. It was a fast track project with the crane lift being key to hitting programme. It was ambitious to crane off the redundant equipment and lift the chillers, additional steel work and prefabricated pipework over one weekend.

“The service provided by Ainscough was professional and reassuring, they worked great as a team. The slinger banks men were both helpful and practical and they completed the work in fewer lifts than we had anticipated and we actually handed the bus station back early.”

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