FOUR new crane models have joined the Ainscough Crane Hire fleet – increasing the company’s capacity to deliver the best service to our UK-wide network of customers.

The 130Te, 300Te, MK140 and SK1265 Spierings Crane add extensive new capabilities to our market-leading 470-strong fleet.

The additions are a signal of Ainscough Crane Hire’s continued innovation and investment as we seek to deliver the very best service and standards of health and safety to customers.

The LTM 1300-6.2 and LTM 1130-5.1 are mobile all-terrain cranes with better lifting capacity and improved boom lengths, along with the latest vario-base technology.

The MK140 mobile tower crane, meanwhile, has been selected for its compact chassis, capable of accessing tight spaces, maximum of 12 tonne axle loads and good road speeds.

The Spierings six-axle, twin-engine, 16 metre long SK1265 has a 60 metre radius and a maximum lifting mass of 10,000 kilos. Benefits include lower emissions, remote operation by a single person and can be set up in 11 minutes.

Andrew Winter, general manager of Ainscough Crane Hire’s Heavy Cranes Division, said: “A greater range of cranes ultimately means more capability for the business as a whole. The new tower crane will increase the potential for even more successful lift projects right across the UK.

“Our investment in new fleet enables us to cement our position as the UK’s market-leading company and ensure we have both the capacity and the very latest equipment.”

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Market leader Ainscough Crane Hire has promoted Vince Ramsden to head of national accounts.

Previous to this Vince was key accounts manager at Ainscough. In his new position, Vince will draw on his 20 years industry experience to strengthen Ainscough’s industry presence through highlighting the firm’s strong track record in lifting services.

Vince has recently completed the Ainscough Leadership Development Programme. The programme develops Ainscough’s future leaders and provides participants with the skills necessary to successfully run the business.

Vince said: “I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge. I got a lot out of the Leadership Development Programme and have enjoyed my 14 years at Ainscough.

“I look forward to delivering real added value to our National Accounts. I will be field based and customer facing, explaining why Ainscough should be the partner of choice for lifting services.”

Leigh Webb, sales director, said: “Vince began his career as a slinger/banksman on the Channel Tunnel and has 20 years’ experience in customer facing roles within the crane hire industry.

“He will lead the team that looks after our largest clients and will work closely with the National Hire Centre to deliver an unrivalled customer experience for clients that require a partner with a true national coverage delivered through local relationships.”


2015 saw 19 Ainscough Crane Hire employees reaching outstanding lengths of significant service. Cumulatively these employees have achieved a remarkable 607 years of service at Ainscough Crane Hire.

Ainscough Crane Hire brought together its longest serving employees to celebrate their outstanding contributions to the company and to thank them for their dedication and hard work. The exclusive dinner took place at Wrightington Hotel and Country Club and is now an annual event to recognise loyal team members.

Photo: left to right shows Richard Breedon (39 years) Workshop Supervisor Stockton Depot, Lee Sixsmith (25 years) Operations Director North, Robin Richardson Managing Director, Dave Jacobi (25 years) Manager Special Projects, Kevin Woods (25 years ) Crane Supervisor at West London Depot, Nick Leach (25 years) Crane Supervisor Coventry Depot, Maggie Langford HR Director , Frank Morris(25 years) Crane Operator at West London Depot, Robert Spendlove (40 years) Heavy Cranes Engineer.

The significant service awards winners, based throughout Ainscough and drawn from all over the UK, were invited by Managing Director Robin Richardson who addressed the attendees at the dinner.

Richard Breedon, Workshop Supervisor at the Stockton depot said “I was very pleased with the long service dinner. Robin was very open and informative and it was an enjoyable evening.”

Richard celebrated 39 years’ service at the event. Speaking of his time at Ainscough Richard said: “I’ve been here from the start and seen a lot of changes. I started out as a fitter and I’m now a supervisor and I enjoy working in the industry and working with cranes. You can see different places every day and different things being built, it’s great to be a part of it.”

Richard also emphasised the community spirit that underpins the industry and is particularly prevalent at Ainscough. According to Richard “People stick together in the industry and at Ainscough.”

David Jacobi who has been at Ainscough for 25 years has and works in the Heavy Cranes Division said “I’ve been in the industry all my life and it’s great to work for a company that appreciates its staff. It was great to spend an evening with other employees who have been in Ainscough a similar length of time as me.”

Kevin Woods echoes David’s sentiments about staff appreciation. As a Crane Supervisor from West London Kevin has been with Ainscough for 25 years. Speaking of his time at Ainscough he said: “I’ve worked at Ainscough since I was a boy at 21. I enjoy that every day brings a different challenge and that every day at Ainscough is different. I enjoy working with the people who work here and I’ve never felt the need to change.”


Market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has completed the rescue of two canal barges and installed a new utilities bridge in the flood hit town of Elland, West Yorkshire.

The floods, which surged through the town during the 2015 Christmas holiday, left the town’s bridge damaged beyond repair and a number of residential-use canal boats stranded and partially lodged under the bridge. A strong smell of gas was reported by residents and it became clear that the gas main below the roadway of the bridge had ruptured.

Ainscough Crane Hire was drafted in by the Canal Rescue Services to carry out the painstaking task of carefully recovering the stranded barges and installing a new, temporary, utilities bridge which would be used to re-route the town’s gas, water and electricity supplies.

Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes Division positioned a 1000te crane, on the elevated public highway adjacent to the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal. From here, it was able to reach the opposite bank of the waterway, and the stranded barges, 42 metres (140 feet) away with just 25 centimetres (10 inches) clearance between the crane’s counterweights and the retaining wall next to the carriageway.

Ainscough’s five-strong team took possession of the site at 4am, inching the crane into the predetermined position. It then underwent a four and a half hour rigging process before final safety checks made the lift possible from 8.30am. The three lifts – two barges and the utilities bridge – were completed in under three hours and we’re followed by the de-rigging process.

The highway was cleared and returned to use by 17.30, two hours ahead of schedule.

Andrew Winter, general manager of Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes Division said: “It was an incredibly complex lift with a number of variables which we had to take into consideration. One of the key elements was that we could not cause further damage to the bridge for fear of it collapsing. One of the barges was positioned under the bridge meaning, once attached, it had to be carefully maneuvered horizontally prior to being lifted vertically.

“We had most of the village out watching us, it was quite a spectacle. We even halted the lift on a number of occasions to allow villagers to cross the bridge to enable them to keep appointments.

“It was a very successful lift and we were very pleased both with how it went and how it has helped the village of Elland return to normal.”

Ainscough Heavy Cranes Division provides nationwide coverage from its administrative centre in Leyland, Lancashire.

March | 2016 | Ainscough Group