AINSCOUGH GIVES A-PLANT A LIFT TO LEGOLAND

Ainscough Crane Hire’s Birmingham depot has solved an access puzzle for contractor J Tomlinson and plant hire company A-Plant, at the site of the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.

A-Plant supplied J Tomlison with a range of equipment at the project which is set to open to the public in 2018.

The only vehicular access to the construction site, in the arena’s lower ground floor, is via the site’s multi-storey car park which has a 1.9 metre height restriction. Too low for the machinery to access.

This led the A-Plant and Ainscough teams to devise a solution which meant lifting the machinery over the multi-story to an alternative entrance.

Using a Liebherr LTM1055-3.2, the Ainscough team lifted a three-tonne and a six-tonne dumper, a six-tonne and an eight-tonne excavator and a 12.5 metre telehandler.

Peter Antony, depot manager at Ainscough in Birmingham said: “The key consideration for any lift is safety. Lifting the equipment over the multi-story naturally meant the top storey had to be closed to ensure we were safe to operate.

“Each lift brings with it its own peculiarities and this job was no different. Ultimately it was a good test and it was pleasing to help the customer out in this way.”

Chris Ballard for A-Plant added: “We have a can-do attitude for our customers and will always seek the best and most efficient solution to challenges as they arise. Here we were pleased to be able to lean on our friends at Ainscough to help us overcome the task we faced.”

The Birmingham site will be the second LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in the UK after the existing facility based at the Trafford Centre, Greater Manchester.

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