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18th January 2019


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Ainscough Crane Hire has aided the delivery of a striking new addition to a key urban regeneration project in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Working for roofing and cladding specialist Chemplas Ltd, the Ainscough team lifted various roof construction parts and materials to the top of the bold new home of Newcastle University’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing, the National Innovation Centre for Data and the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory.

The development forms part of Newcastle Helix, one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK bringing together academia, business, the public sector and local people to create jobs, homes and to help develop the skills needed to solve real world problems.

The Ainscough team used a Liebherr MK110 mobile tower crane which was configured with a 33-metre cab height and a 52-metre jib set at 15 degrees to complete the required series of lifts.

Andrew Spink, Operations Director for the Heavy Cranes team said: “This crane was the ideal choice for the customer owing to its fast rigging and de-rigging time and its ability to operate in confined spaces. The pace of development around this part of Newcastle is remarkable and we are proud to have been selected to deliver these lifts for the contractor.”

Once complete, the £50 million development will become the University’s third building on Newcastle Helix, which is set to create more than 4,000 jobs, 500,000 sq ft of office and research space and 450 new homes across a 24-acre site.

The development, which is being led by a unique partnership between Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council and Legal & General, will become a major UK hub for scientific research and technology businesses, creating knowledge-based jobs for future generations.

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