A series of new photographs from market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, reveal the process of dismantling a tower crane. The images were taken at Greengate in Salford city centre close to Manchester Victoria train station and the MEN Arena.
Erected to supply materials at the 31-storey residential scheme being delivered by Pinnacle Developments Ltd, the tower crane, operated by specialist tower crane operator HTC Wolffkran, was dismantled using a mobile LTM 1500-8.1 Liebherr from the Ainscough fleet.
Fitted with a luffing jib, the mobile crane was used to remove the steel lattice sections of the tower crane piece by piece.
Bob Beardmore, contract lift manager at Ainscough Crane Hire said: “Our role is all about planning, spotting potential hazards and designing methods of solving problems.
“Constrained sites with awkwardly placed street furniture and delicate underground utilities are the norm for us. The Greengate task was a text book example of this with the site bounded by the River Irwell on its northern edge and the highway to the south. Space was very limited in terms of the footprint we had available to say nothing of the constrains involved with storage and access.
“We always have to bear in mind that we are representing our customers and are the public face of the whole development for the hours we are on site. Operating in a considerate and courteous manner is therefore incredibly important. Fortunately we have the expertise and equipment to deliver on our promises.”
HTC Wolffkran UK director general manager, Dave Holder added: “We consider Ainscough Crane Hire to be the market leader in the planning and execution of our tower crane erection and dismantle lifting operations. They deliver a high level of expertise and operational capability.”