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5th October 2016

Ainscough Crane Hire Assist In New Art Installation In Kent


Market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire has helped to realise a new art installation at the gateway to a new village development near the town of Wouldham in Kent.

Peters Village, developed by Tremport, is a village of up to 1000 homes which represents an important element within Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s five-year housing land supply.

London artist, Mark Maxwell, was commissioned by Art Project Management to design a sculpture to be positioned on the new roundabout which forms the main entrance to the new development.

Designed to include an arch, in reference to the history of the site which was home to the old cement work belonging to the local Peters family, the sculpture also references the river Medway and rural beauty and wildlife around the development site.

The seven metre wide arch was delivered in two sections each weighing 2.5 tonnes. Working on behalf of Art Fabrications Ltd, the Ainscough team lifted each section using a 90-tonne crane from the Maidstone fleet. Each side of the arch was fixed into position at ground level before being welded together at its apex.

Maidstone Depot manager Rani Notarianni said: “More often than not, our work is hidden from the view of the general public as we are involved in lots of behind-the-scenes activity. On this occasion, we are fortunate enough to be installing a piece of sculpture which will be seen by thousands of passersby for many years to come.

“We are accustomed to the responsibility of delivering others’ visions and creations and we are quite sure the artist will be very pleased with the role we’ve played in realising their creative idea.”

The team involved:

    • Crane operator: Devon Scott
  • Slinger: Andy Martin
  • Appointed person: Rene Bleidorn
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