Ainscough Crane Hire, the leading national crane hire company, has added a new depot to its UK-wide network with the opening of a facility in Ipswich to better service customers across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.
The Ipswich base, which opened on 7 November 2016, became the 32nd depot in the company’s network which stretches from Invergordon in northern Scotland to Newquay in Cornwall, the largest such network in the country.
Based just off the A12, on Old London Road, near Copdock, the Ipswich depot will open with six cranes initially with a view to growing the number in the first year. Ainscough is already servicing a number of customers in the region including those in oil and gas, energy and ports sectors.
The new depot will enable Ainscough Crane Hire to deliver an even better service to existing, and new customers.
Anna Kingan, operations director for the South East explains: “The new depot in Ipswich has been planned for some time as we have found ourselves delivering more and more work in the region. We have managed these demands from our existing depot network, including from our Cambridge and East London depots, but is has become apparent that we needed a permanent base here in Ipswich.
“The new depot will reduce travel times for our cranes meaning our customers will benefit from us being able to prolong the time we can operate on their sites expanding our serviceable area deeper into Suffolk and Norfolk.
“The cranes which will be based at the new depot, are drawn from the existing fleet, as this expansion has been factored in to vehicle requirements for some time.
“There is significant demand for our expertise in the region from customers which see the professionalism of their own operations reflected in our procedures. The opening marks a key milestone in the company’s growth strategy and we look forward to being a part of the local business community for a long time.”
The depot will launch with cranes ranging from 40 to 100-tonnes and will include a specialist MPC-44 lightweight crane which is specifically designed for use in areas with restricted access which is of particular value to residential developers.