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9th August 2016

Ainscough Crane Hire Enrol At Newcastle University’s Urban Sciences Building


Market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has started work to help deliver a new £58 million development at Newcastle University.

Ainscough has been appointed to supply all mobile cranes required on this site to erect form work for the six-storey flagship Urban Sciences Building. Ainscough is currently using three all-terrain Liebherr cranes, two LTM 1055’s and an LTM 1070 at the site.

The 12,000 sq m scheme forms part of the city’s £250 million Science Central project which will bring together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry. It aims to create a global centre for urban innovation in the heart of the city.

Being built in Newcastle city centre on the site of the former Scottish & Newcastle brewery, the Urban Sciences Building and its surrounding city area will become a living laboratory underpinning research to make urban centres more sustainable for future generations.

North East area sales manager, Lee Driver secured the mobile crane work on this site. The Ainscough team are on site six days per week and have a two 55 tonne cranes and a 75 tonne crane assisting with the concrete frame. Once complete, the team will then continue on site with other aspects of the building’s construction.

Gary Brown, Ainscough’s depot manager at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne branch said: “It is great to be playing a part in this key redevelopment project for the city. By any reckoning, Science City is a major development which will help generate more interest and focus on the region.

“Coupled with our focus on safety and accuracy, we have a great sense of pride to be delivering this work.”

The Urban Sciences Building is due for completion in the autumn of 2017.

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