Ainscough pass the test at school lift

The Ainscough Sheffield depot have helped to create new classrooms after transporting Portakabin TITAN cabins to two separate schools. The lifts involved many hours of preparation and logistics planning, with Leeds and Sheffield depot manager Damian Napper recalling why it provided the whole depot with a good challenge.

“Access to the sites and the overall movement issues were the biggest obstacle. After several visits we decided on a 60ft extendable rear steer trailer along with an escort vehicle and wander lead operator to move the cabins. We then trialled and established the best routes to and from the sites and agreed these with the local authorities.

“On the day the first unit was lifted with ease onto the 60ft trailer using a Liebherr LTM1130-5.1. The team then expertly manoeuvred the unit out of site with millimetre precision. This was no easy task, the trailer was being steered from the rear by Brian Reid and the wagon was driven by John Hazel and escorted by Dennis Lockwood. These three individuals showed true skill and my full admiration goes out to them.

“After five miles of traffic control by the Ainscough team we managed to get to site without any issues. The entrance was again very tight and the guys worked hard to steer the unit before lifting it into position with ease using the Manchester depot’s Liebherr LTM1090-4.1.

“The team then returned and loaded the second unit onto the trailer. On arrival to the second school is was clear that we would have to quickly close off three roads for a short period of time to turn the trailer around and reverse into position. The team really mucked in and helped direct the traffic to ensure we didn’t cause any disruption for the local residents.

“Onsite the crane was positioned before the team reversed the Portakabin in. The unit even started to slip on the access track, but we managed to get it safety into the correct position. The whole team stayed composed and focused throughout the day, ensuring our customer JP Developers Limited was delighted with the final outcome.

“I would like to thank every person involved, as this really was one of the hardest jobs I have worked on and had to plan; however it was very rewarding and I know everyone really enjoyed and thrived off the challenges we were faced with.”

Ainscough raises mast next to country’s highest structure

A team from Ainscough Crane Hire’s Leeds Depot, has assembled the first stages of a temporary TV and Radio broadcasting mast situated next to the Emley Moor mast which, at 1,084-foot-tall (330.4 m), is Britain’s tallest freestanding structure.

The mast, which is Grade II listed and began transmission in 1971, requires upgrading work meaning the temporary mast will be in place until the end of 2021.

It is used to broadcast television, radio and other telecommunications signals across the north and Yorkshire from its position five miles south east of Huddersfield.

The Ainscough team used a Liebherr LTM 1200-5.1 to lift the first sections of the mast to raise it to 73 metres in height. Subsequent sections, which will lift the temporary mast to its final height of 312 metres, will be positioned by helicopter.

Damian Napper, depot manager at Leeds added: “The Emley Moor mast is such a striking landmark and is visible for many miles in all directions.

“This was the largest crane we could get onto site due to access restrictions meaning the remaining mast sections will be positioned using the other method. It’s pleasing to be involved in these high-profile projects but even more so to deliver the lifts efficiently for our customers.”

The original mast was built to replace a previous one brought down by high winds and ice in March 1969.


Ainscough Crane Hire’s Exeter Depot has successfully lifted the first steel onsite at the new Drake Circus Leisure multiplex in Bretonside, Plymouth.

The lift is part of the huge £53 million redevelopment of Bretonside, which will include the South West’s first 12-screen Cineworld IMAX cinema, 15 restaurants, an impressive ‘sky bar’ with views of the city and a 420-space car park. It is being built as part of the British Land mega deal on the former coach station site and is set to be completed for trading by Christmas 2019.

Working for structural steelwork design and build company Brian Hewitt Construction, the Ainscough team used a Liebherr LTM1090-4.1 model crane to lay the first steel when construction started. There are plans for multiple cranes to be onsite at the 107,000sq ft development for the next 5 months to build the 105ft tall multiplex, the equivalent height of three-and-a-half double decker buses stood on end. Another crane will then join the site for a further 4 months.

Ryan Dobson, Exeter depot manager said: “This was the first of many Ainscough lifts onsite and it proved to be a great success. It’s very rewarding to say we’ve been involved in this project from the word go and the whole team is looking forward to watching this exciting development take shape.

“It is set to be a major milestone not only for the people of Bretonside but for Plymouth as a whole, as it shows the potential of the city whilst simultaneously creating hundreds of jobs.”


Ainscough Crane Hire’s Exeter Depot, assisted by colleagues at the Bristol Depot, have safely lifted the Spirit of Loch Ness leisure cruiser onto the Exeter Ship Canal for final commissioning before it set out for the Great Glen and one of the world’s most famous bodies of water.

Built by specialist boat and ferry builder, Exeter Fabrication Ltd, the 22 metre aluminium catamaran, Spirit of Loch Ness, was commissioned by Cruise Loch Ness which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The vessel took around 12 months to build.

Working at Exeter Fabrication’s quayside manufacturing facility, the Ainscough team used a Liebherr LTM 1300 – 6.2 to lift the craft over the company offices and directly onto the water.

Dave Williams, contract lift manager at the Bristol Depot said: “The launch of any vessel is a dramatic and memorable moment for everybody concerned and this was no different. The lift itself was reasonably straight-forward and went exactly to plan.

“It was a great sight to see it suspended over the canal and slowly lower into the water.”

The vessel will go into service on Loch Ness this year taking thousands of tourists out onto the Loch to enjoy the splendour of the surroundings while maintaining a keen eye out for the fabled monster: Nessie.

April | 2018 | Ainscough Group