Ainscough has completed the lift of a chiller unit for global integrated healthcare leader, Sanofi, at the life science company’s site in Holmes Chapel.
The UK’s leading lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, was appointed by Factory Plant Projects, following a careful review of the lift requirements. Upon review, Ainscough was able to complete the job with a 300 tonne crane rather than a 500 tonne as first thought.
The Ainscough team used a Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2, a 300 tonne all-terrain mobile crane fitted with VarioBase® to lift the 8.2 tonne chiller unit. The VarioBase® technology enabled the crane operator to set the crane’s outriggers on its mats at variable heights and widths set away from surrounding obstacles and the adjacent building.
The chiller unit was then lifted from the north side of Sanofi’s 19 metre tall building off the back of transport, over the roof and onto the south side of the building for its installation.
Ainscough technical lift manager, Dave Baxter said: “Although lift itself was straightforward, the narrow clearances meant that we had to be innovative with our approach. The range of cranes we have at our disposal at Ainscough allows us to be flexible and match the right crane to the right job. Quite literally – one size doesn’t fit all.
“By using a 300 tonne crane with VarioBase® technology rather than a 500 tonne crane, we were able to present our client with a significant saving and the smaller crane meant less disruption to the surrounding area.”
Stuart Hall, contracts estimator at Factory Plant Projects said: “We decided to use Ainscough for this lift as we wanted to ensure that the job was completed in a swift and professional manner.
“The lift was finished on time and without incident and it is a testament to Ainscough’s team that they have been called back for so much repeat business with us over the last few years.”