AINSCOUGH WIND ENERGY TRAINING

Ainscough Wind Energy Services have been delivering training on behalf of Renewable UK and Global Wind Organisation. The Basic Safety Training courses such as Working at Height & Rescue, First Aid, Fire Awareness and Manual Handling. Ainscough have been working to the Wind Turbine Safety rules since their inception and opened our own training facility in 2013. Since then we have trained over 850 operatives at our training centre based in Falkirk. The centre has a 15m tower and training room with its own changing facility. Ainscough work closely with clients and are able to offer bespoke training courses for wind applications, our courses can be designed to your specific requirements. Contact us to discuss your training needs on 01257 478309 or view our courses and overview

WORK CONTINUES TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF INVERCAULD BRIDGE NEAR BRAEMAR AFTER RIVER DEE FLOODS.

Work continued to secure the future of flood stricken bridge, with James Jack 25Te city crane, installing blocks for diversion of water for construction works to get underway.

Part of Invercauld Bridge collapsed on the A93 as a result of flooding caused by Storm Frank and was out of use. The bridge was left teetering on the brink of destruction after devastating surging water swept along Royal Deeside. Workmen from Aberdeenshire Council also started work at the bridge in a bid to get village life in Braemar back on track.

Invercauld bridge was built in 1859 as the final part of the new turnpike road along the north bank of the Dee, away from Balmoral. It is wider than the older bridge, still able to carry a modern S2 road, and built a little upstream, around a slight bend, which provided a better angle for the carriageway.

Consisting of 5 equal spans, there are 3 arches across the river channel, including two piers in the riverbed and then an additional, smaller, flood arch on either bank, which seem to be regularly used as fishermens access. The bridge is clad in rough ‘rustic’ stonework, with slightly projecting cutwaters and a smooth ashlar cornice at deck level. It is believed that the architect may have been the same William Smith who worked on Balmoral itself. The bridge was paid for by Prince Albert.

AINSCOUGH’S COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION

At Ainscough Crane Hire we are committed to ensuring that the future of the construction industry has the best work force, equipped with the right skills. As such, we have continued this commitment, in association with the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) Apprenticeship Scheme, by holding a crane industry insight day at our Preston depot for 16 students from Newall Green School in Manchester. The objective was to show that construction is a rewarding industry to work in.

Upon arrival at the depot, 16 of the future’s bright young minds were welcomed by Ainscough team members Lynsay Robinson (Heavy Cranes Commercial Manager), Alan Dakin (Preston Depot Manager), Alex Schwarzer (Contract Lift Manager Preston), Jim Fleming (Health and Safety Advisor), Janet Ainsworth (Learning and Development Manager), Pat Kiernan (Transport Support and Development Manager) and Barry Wootten (Crane Operator). The students from Newall Green School, aged from 14 to 18, were then shown two presentations; A day in the Life a Crane Operator, describing a normal working day for Ainscough and what it entails. Secondly; A day in the Life of a Ballast Driver, including all the ‘behind the scenes’ work involved and the support they give to the crane operators. The students were then shown Preston depot’s 60 tonne crane, some of the students were allowed to sit in the crane enabling them to see how it works and get a feel for what it would be like to operate a crane. They were then taken up in a static tower crane in a man basket to see the whole yard from a real birds eye view.

The purpose of the day was an introduction to a new and interesting career pathway they may not have considered previously. Lynsay Robinson said; ‘what a lovely group of students, they were quite excited by the prospect of working in a fun and rewarding environment and they were very attentive throughout the whole day.’

You can find out more about how you can help spread the word by visiting www.citb.co.uk

AINSCOUGH; ON THE GROUND AT HEATHROW

Ainscough Crane Hire has been issued with a ground handling license to provide operating services at Heathrow Airport. The operator’s license was issued by the CAA UK (Civil Aviation Authority UK) and is effective immediately.

Ian Carradice, Depot Manager London Hire Centre, said; “The license will allow us to deliver more added value services to contractors at Heathrow. Our solutions will help bring in projects on time and in budget whilst reducing risk”.

The Ground Operator’s Licence will enable Ainscough Crane Hire to operate on the demolition of Heathrow Airport’s terminal 3 (FCC) ‘The Transit Lounge.’ There has also been an ever increasing demand from some of our largest customers to obtain the licence as works at the airport commence throughout 2016.

Colin Day, West London Depot Manager, said; “Demand from our current customers has been high; the projects we are working on can be complex. We really can support our customers with our firsthand experience and that’s invaluable to them” says Colin “working in the UK’s largest Airport is a testament to the scope of Ainscough Crane Hire’s offering.”

Ainscough has a network of 30 offices supporting its partners and associates in every area of the UK.
Should you have any specialist aviation requirements please contact the team on 0800 272 637.

GLOBAL CONSTRUCTION PRESS VISIT THE FORTH ROAD BRIDGE

One of the largest infrastructure projects in Britain is underway in Edinburgh, and Ainscough Crane Hire and Liebherr, the heavy equipment manufacturer, has been a key part of the project since its inception in the winter of 2011. In Edinburgh, mobile and crawler cranes operated by Ainscough have been put to work on the Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth. The main client for the Forth Crossing Bridge construction project is Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s transport authority.

The new bridge, which will be called the Queensferry Crossing and which sits alongside the existing Forth Road Bridge (FRB) built in 1964, is under construction to safeguard the cross-Forth M90 motorway corridor, due for completion by the end of 2016. Once complete it will be 2.7 km long and will sit alongside the existing Forth Road Bridge (FRB) built in 1964. The Firth of Forth is an estuary on the east coast of Scotland, and also the mouth of the River Forth to the North Sea. The current Forth Road Bridge (FRB) extending across it was built to handle 4 million vehicles per year. It currently handles more than 24 million. Once it is completed in late 2016, Crossing will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world, and the largest to feature cables that cross mid-span. The Queensferry Crossing bridge will therefore be a main transport artery between Edinburgh and the northern regions of Scotland.

Since the start of the project in November 2011, twelve different types of Liebherr mobile telescopic and lattice boom cranes have been deployed on the site supplied by Ainscough. Cranes from sizes ranging from 40 tonne to 500 tonne have been used to lift components needed to construct the bridge. On average there are 8 telescopic cranes on site each day, and in total there have been over 5,500 hire days. At least one model of almost every telescopic crane that Liebherr manufactures has been used in the project. Smaller cranes are used for handling rebar, placing shuttering and carrying out general construction lifts. The larger cranes are called in to lift bridge deck segments and precast sections.

Two Liebherr LR 1300 crawler cranes operated by Ainscough Crane Hire, have been located on the project. One is mounted on a barge situated in the river, which operates in support of the three Liebherr tower cranes. The second machine is based on the shore, and operates in support of the barge, loading out components that are taken to the base of the towers.

2015 AINSCOUGH WIND ENERGY SERVICES BUSIEST YEAR

2015 was Ainscough Wind Energy Services busiest year, 2016 looks to be a record year for constructing and maintaining wind turbines. Wind is a key sector for Ainscough who through its wind energy division provide a cradle to grave solution for the wind energy sector.

A National Grid statistic shows that a record 11% of the UK’s electricity was generated by wind in 2015 up from 9.5% in 2014. December 2015 showed a monthly record with wind supplying 17% of all Britain’s electricity demand; the previous monthly record was 14% in January 2015.

To find out more about our capabilities click here. Ainscough has a network of offices supporting its partners and associates in every area of the UK. Should you have any Wind Energy requirements please contact the team on 0845 113 0488.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM EVERYONE AT AINSCOUGH

Before the Christmas break the Ainscough Team nominated 12 charities for the 2015 Christmas Jumper Day. The day exceeded all expectations by raising £1250, the company pledged to match that figure bringing it up to £2,500! All of the Charities were worthy causes, the money will be evenly split between them, here is a list of charities nominated by Ainscough team members.

• SANDS Stillbirth & neonatal death charity www.uk-sands.org
• Muscular Dystrophy www.musculardystrophyuk.org
• Homeless Veterans www.veterans-aid.net
• MIND Mind.org.uk
• Claire House www.claire-house.org.uk
• Ronald McDonald www.rmhc.org
• Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) www.mndassociation.org
• Make A Wish www.make-a-wish.org.uk
• St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle www.stoswaldsuk.org
• Storehouse Project www.facebook.com/storehouseproject/
• Great Ormond Street www.gosh.org
• Manchester Children’s Hospital www.rmchcharity.org.uk

The event was held on 18th December. The business is delighted to support the teams efforts and give something back to the community “We are proud of the way the team embraced the opportunity to get involved and give back to the community; thanks to everyone’s hard work and determination” added Maggie Langford – Ainscough’s Group HR Director.

The team, covering 30 depots and offices across the UK got involved and as you can see from the pictures a good time was had by all.

January | 2016 | Ainscough Group