A team from Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes Division has delivered a series of lifts at Ashton-under-Lyne railway station as part of a major infrastructure upgrade in the Greater Manchester town. Working for main contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, which is delivering the works for Network Rail, Ainscough’s team spent a number of days on site.
The project, which required a 23-day closure of the station, is part of the North West Electrification Project, which will see over £1bn invested across the North as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan. The work involved rebuilding the railway bridge over Turner Lane and replacing and realigning over two miles of track.
Using one 750-tonne crane and two 150-tonne machines to complete an initial set of lifts, a second 750-tonne crane joined the first at a later date to complete the lifting tasks.
Andrew Winter, Heavy Cranes Director said: “It was rather unusual to have two 750-tonne cranes on the same job particularly working in such close proximity to one another. The time constraints of the build programme meant the two bridge sections had to be lifted almost in unison which meant the two cranes were required.
“We used no fewer than 119 Ekki mats to support the cranes as stone levelling was not an option. We completed the lifts on schedule and the works to the station continued.”
Nick Brown, Network Rail’s project manager, said: “The railway corridor on which Ashton station sits was narrow, with many curves which restricted the speed that trains can travel. Replacing the bridge deck and realigning the track will result in smoother and straighter track, meaning trains will be able to travel faster which, in the long run, means more frequent services on the route.”
The work is part of a wider scheme on the line that will not only enable better journey times between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, but also allow the increase of services using the station from May 2018.
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.
Lifting services company Ainscough Group has helped to complete the safe installation of 1000 bridge beams for Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project.
The AWPR/B-T is the longest roads project currently under construction in the UK, and involves the construction of 58km of dual carriageway between Stonehaven and Tipperty.
ARL is constructing the road on behalf of Transport Scotland and its partners, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council as part of the commitment to improve travel in the North-east of Scotland. The works include constructing 75 new bridges along the route.
The 1000th beam was lifted into place by a team from James Jack Lifting Services, at Goval in the north section of the project. A banner was attached to the beam to mark the occasion.
Operating under contract lift rules, the work to lift the 1000th beam was delivered using a 500-tonne Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 with ‘superlift’ configuration of a 47.3 metre boom counter-weighted with 135-tonne of ballast.
Craig Ashford, Key Account Manager at James Jack Lifting Services said: “To reach this milestone on the AWPR is a great achievement for all of us involved.
“The route will bring relief for many motorists and residents in the region and will help businesses serve their customers in a more efficient manner. It will undoubtedly have a positive effect for Aberdeen and beyond.”
In total, 1,183 beams are required along the length of the AWPR/B-T, which is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Scotland. Final works to the route are expected to be completed in the winter of 2017/18.
Ainscough Crane Hire’s Falkirk Depot has recently helped to put the finishing touches to Britain’s largest ever surface warship – HMS Queen Elizabeth – as she prepared for her sea trials.
Assembled at Babcock’s Rosyth facility on the Firth of Forth, HMS Queen Elizabeth is capable of carrying 40 aircraft and is the First of Class Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier.
Two Ainscough cranes – a 55t (Liebherr 1055-3.1) and a 40t (LTM1040-2.1) – were lifted onto the flight deck using a 500t (LTM1500-8.1) c/w 105t counterweight to undertake a contract lift, all planned by our onsite crane co-ordinator, Colin Jones.
Ciaran McNamee at Ainscough said: “It was quite remarkable to see the cranes in operation on the flight deck of the carrier. The scale of the vessel is vast and our cranes looked like miniature models in comparison.
“We have only played a small part in the getting it onto the open seas but we take a great amount of pride in the fact that there will always be a little bit of Ainscough sailing under the Royal Navy ensign.”
HMS Queen Elizabeth is 280 metres – almost 1,000 ft – long, 73 metres wide and displaces 70,600 tonnes. She is capable of reaching 25 knots and has a range of 10,000 nautical miles.
Built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, consisting of BAE Systems, Thales Group and Babcock , HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, are costed at £6.2billion.
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