Ainscough has provided a series of lifts at the £107 million Marischal Square development in Aberdeen City Centre for main contractor, Morgan Sindall.
The prestigious project has already had leading businesses sign up and is on schedule for completion in July 2017. The development includes 14,500 sq ft of civic space in front of 16th century Provost Skene’s House, a mixture of granite and glass in the elevations, two office buildings providing 173,500 sq ft of Grade A office space with secure parking, seven restaurants and café bars occupying the ground floor space, and a 126-room hotel.
The project is being delivered by Muse Developments, which was appointed by site landowner Aberdeen City Council with Aviva Investors providing the funding. The development will deliver an economic boost to the immediate area from enhanced footfall and more people working and using leisure facilities. It is also part of the 25-year city centre master plan which is kick-starting a public and private sector regeneration.
Two mobile tower cranes from the Ainscough fleet – a Spierings SK 1265 AT6, configured with a 52m main boom, and a Liebherr MK110 configured with a 44m main boom were on site lifting building materials such as steel, glass and insulation along with the development’s air handling units.
Richard Gallicker, contract lift manager at Ainscough’s Aberdeen depot, which operates under the name of sister brand, James Jack said: “Marischal Square is a constrained site surrounded on all sides by highways and other buildings. There was simply not adequate room to perform the lifts using a traditional telescopic crane.
“Fortunately, we have the flexibility and availability in our fleet to move the right cranes to the right locations at short notice. The two mobile tower cranes were just the right tools for the job and we were able to complete the lifts smoothly and with maximum efficiency.”
Morgan Sindall’s project director, David Mason, added: “We employed Ainscough under CPA arrangements on the project and welcomed their support. They have a very strong reputation for safety and professionalism. I have worked with them many times in the past and know they can be trusted to deliver.”
The Ainscough team delivered lifts over a two week period as the development approached its topping out.