Market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has successfully erected a WK 355B tower crane in London’s Wood Wharf district, over a four day operation.
Ainscough sent a Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1, fitted with a 63.0m luffing jib, to install sections of the 63-metre standing tall tower crane’s steel frame, piece-by-piece. A second crane was sent to assist the installation from the 470-strong fleet, a Liebherr LTM 1060-3.1. The 60-tonne crane rigged up the 500 tonne crane in front of One Canada Square; the second tallest building in the UK.
Bob Beardmore, technical manager at Ainscough Crane Hire, explained the requirements of the job: “We conducted an initial site survey and were able to produce CAD drawings from that to ensure the crane was positioned correctly and that potential health and safety hazards were factored in.
“Access to the site was via a 1.7-degree gradient and posed a challenge in its self. In addition, an exclusion zone had to be maintained throughout the whole operation for safety reasons that required careful management, due to multiple contractors working on site.
“We’re always conscious that we operate safely and that our reputation, and the reputation of our customers hinges on how we conduct ourselves. This successful job was completed in front of the watchful gaze of London’s business community and is a testament to the experience and skill of our people, along with the first class machinery we have to utilise at Ainscough.