Ainscough Crane Hire has aided the delivery of a striking new addition to a key urban regeneration project in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Working for roofing and cladding specialist Chemplas Ltd, the Ainscough team lifted various roof construction parts and materials to the top of the bold new home of Newcastle University’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing, the National Innovation Centre for Data and the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory.

The development forms part of Newcastle Helix, one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK bringing together academia, business, the public sector and local people to create jobs, homes and to help develop the skills needed to solve real world problems.

The Ainscough team used a Liebherr MK110 mobile tower crane which was configured with a 33-metre cab height and a 52-metre jib set at 15 degrees to complete the required series of lifts.

Andrew Spink, Operations Director for the Heavy Cranes team said: “This crane was the ideal choice for the customer owing to its fast rigging and de-rigging time and its ability to operate in confined spaces. The pace of development around this part of Newcastle is remarkable and we are proud to have been selected to deliver these lifts for the contractor.”

Once complete, the £50 million development will become the University’s third building on Newcastle Helix, which is set to create more than 4,000 jobs, 500,000 sq ft of office and research space and 450 new homes across a 24-acre site.

The development, which is being led by a unique partnership between Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council and Legal & General, will become a major UK hub for scientific research and technology businesses, creating knowledge-based jobs for future generations.


Market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has further affirmed its close ties to cutting edge modular construction with a project in Barnsley.

Ainscough’s Sheffield depot was hired by AEP Group to assist with the assembling of a new McDonald’s outlet in the town. The lift was undertaken using a Liehberr 1040-2.1 crane, which lifted into place the pre-built sections, including the roof and steel frames, of the restaurant over a number of days. The activity was undertaken by crane operator Shaun Smith.

The project utilised AEP Group’s innovative ‘flat pack’ system, which involves pre-assembled components being lifted in by crane.

The new restaurant forms part of the Better Barnsley Town Centre Retail and Leisure Development, which is part of plans within the Sheffield City Region for capital funding to be used to unlock transport connectivity and enhance the long term sustainability of the region.

The development is key to the regeneration of Barnsley town centre, and will provide a library, town square, refurbished indoor market as well as retail and leisure amenities, such as the new McDonalds.

Damian Napper, Ainscough Crane Hire’s Sheffield and Leeds Depot Manager, commented: “The regeneration plans for Barnsley are very exciting, and will hopefully provide a great economic boost to the town. We’re therefore very pleased to have played a role in making the plans a reality. The work that took place constructing the new McDonalds is a great example of collaboration – a straightforward lift, but its smooth running was a direct result of the excellent instruction and knowledge of AEP. We hope the people of Barnsley enjoy the new restaurant and the other amenities that will be built in the years ahead.”


Ainscough Crane Hire’s Heavy Cranes team has helped to install a new canal bridge in the Warwickshire town of Rugby which will carry a new highway over the Oxford Canal.

Working for main contractor Galliford Try, the team lifted the 25 precast bridge sections using a Liebherr LTM 1800 1000-tonne crane. The bridge parts consisted of 23 55-tonne beams and two 103-tonne beams which will form part of the carriageway of a new link road to the emerging urban extension of Houlton.

The lifts were delivered within a tight, 5-day canal closure window following the beam’s arrival by road from the manufacturer in Ireland. Liaison between the contractor and the Ainscough team was vital as the sequencing between beam delivery and lifts needed to operate to a strict schedule to avoid delays to the re-opening of the canal.

The lift process saw the operators first lift the beams from the transportation trailer and position them ready for a second lift, following a necessary rearrangement of rigging, into their final position on the newly constructed bridge abutments.

The 23 inner beams were lifted and secured first followed by the two edge beams which were lifted on a 36 metre radius.

Graham Lindley, Heavy Cranes Technical Manager, at Ainscough said: “The nature of the lifts and the size of the beams meant this was a high risk category job. We worked with the contractor meticulously refining the details of the lifts for a number of months to ensure the process went safely and as smoothly as possible.

“The lifts were completed within the canal closure window in what was a very successful operation and a significant achievement for both ourselves and for the contractor.”

When complete, Houlton will comprise 6,200 homes as well as extensive green spaces and local amenities such as primary and secondary schools. The new link road connecting Houlton to Rugby town is a piece of key infrastructure for Houlton and currently under construction and will be open in summer 2019.

January | 2019 | Ainscough Group