The Ainscough Manchester depot has carried out vital work around the dismantling of the giant electricity pylons that stretch across Salford in Manchester, where they have been powering 88,000 homes for over 85 years.

The 87ft towers were dissembled bolt by bolt, with the galvanised metal then heading off to become scrap. Once dismantled the Ainscough team helped to lift each section of the new pylons into place using a number of different cranes, including a 95t, 90t, and two 75t models. Each tower took up to three days to change, so the team had to stagger the work.

Unusual due to their location amongst residential areas, the original seven pylons within the scheme carried 132,000 volts and stretched over two and a half miles, but have now been taken down under a £3.5m engineering project.

Gary Rathburn, manager of the Manchester’s depot said: ‘Because of the nature of this project both timing and precision were essential.

“The biggest challenge for the team was operating in such close proximity to a busy residential area and having to lift sections of the pylons over people’s roofs. This meant it was all the more important to keep disruption to a minimum, ensuring residents didn’t lose their supply of electricity at any point over the eight weeks the work was taking place.

“The overall project was a real example of how detailed planning, professional operators and the right range of machinery can be combined to deliver for the client. I know I speak for the whole team when I say we’ve really enjoyed working on this project.”


Ainscough Crane Hire has completed a full contract lift of a 34 tonne emergency back-up generator unit for the client GMI Power Solutions.

The lift was part of a project at the Saint-Gobain’s Glass manufacturing facility in Eggborough, which manufactures flat glass for the construction industry, including float, coated and laminated glass products.

The 500 tonne LTM1500-8.1 loaded with 105 tonnes of counterweight lifted the generator and positioned it into place in a move that had to be completed within a specified time window of a few hours and within a relatively tight space.

Rob Steadman, Contract Lift Manager at Ainscough, who oversaw the whole job, said: “The lift presented many challenges one of which was the time frame in which we had to complete the job.

“Glass production at the facility is a 24 hours a day operation for which sand is the key ingredient. The crane was positioned in front of the hoppers supplying sand to the furnaces in the factory.

“The hoppers we filled with sand prior to the cranes arrival on site and were constantly monitored by the client. If the level of sand had dropped to a critical level we would have had a 40 minute window to get the crane moved.

The lift personnel on the day executed the lift in a swift, safe manner and without any issues.

The client got in touch afterwards to say “I was very impressed both with the organisation beforehand and particularly with all the people who attended site on the day. The helpful attitude in getting the job done and the attention to safety by all was first class”.

June | 2018 | Ainscough Group