Ainscough Crane Hire has revealed details of its new depot in Invergordon, which will allow the UK’s leading crane company to better serve both existing and new customers.
The new site, located on the Highland Deephaven Industrial Estate in Evanton, sees Ainscough move from its previous Invergordon site, expanding our capability as it looks to grow its wind energy offering while continuing to deliver a superior service for clients across a range of other sectors in the Highlands.
The 27, 852 sq ft facility is fully under cover, allowing superior protection for the depot’s fleet of cranes and a better working environment for Ainscough’s staff. The additional space provided by the site has enabled the creation of a crane workshop and garage. This will allow the depot to be fully self-sufficient with the ability to service, inspect and maintain its own cranes.
Like all of Ainscough’s depots, the new Invergordon site has access to the company’s full fleet which comprises over 400 cranes including everything up to a 1000t. Located adjacent to the A9 trunk road, the depot is also highly visible and easily accessible for potential clients.
The investment in the new and improved depot reaffirms Ainscough’s commitment to supporting Northern Scotland from our existing framework customers to the renewable energy sector. In recent years the sector has continued to expand, with both large and small scale wind farms becoming increasingly popular. Ainscough has been involved in the construction, lifting, transport and installation of over 3,000 wind turbines.
The new depot will additionally allow Ainscough’s Scottish operation to expand its work in infrastructure, where it already supports customers with replacement and expansion projects in electricity generation and distribution through substation works and pylon erections and replacement. The team also regularly undertakes work for national construction firms at numerous sites across the Scottish Highlands and Moray.
Rebekah Tippett, manager of the new Invergordon depot said: “Everyone at Ainscough Crane Hire is very proud to be able to open this fantastic new depot in Invergordon. This represents both Ainscough’s commitment to the wind energy sector and our determination to continually improve the service we offer new and existing clients across a wide variety of industries.
“We are aware of the complexities that many construction projects entail, and as well as our new location we are further exploring what we can do to innovate in the sector. Additionally, our co-operative network of cranes is spread across a wide geography, meaning we are easily able to access the remote locations in which such projects are often located. The wind energy sector will prove to be increasingly important in the years ahead, and we anticipate that Ainscough will play a key role in helping to bring dynamic and innovative schemes to life. This, combined with our ongoing work on other significant construction and infrastructure projects across the region, means this is a hugely exciting time for Ainscough and our clients in Scotland.”
Ainscough Crane Hire has delivered a complex derigging job on behalf of contractor Multiplex, which is currently building 100 Bishopsgate, one of London’s most exciting new office developments.
100 Bishopsgate is located within the City of London, and when complete will comprise approximately 950,000 sq ft of premium office and retail space across two buildings. The development consists of a 40 storey tower and a seven storey podium, incorporating a green roof terrace on level seven.
Multiplex is pre-construction advisor, design and build contractor and CDM coordinator for the £450m development on behalf of the 100 Bishopsgate Partnership, owned by Brookfield Property Partners.
After the original tower crane was dismantled from 190m to level 8 by Multiplex Plant and Equipment, Ainscough was appointed to derig the remaining 90m tower crane.
The derigging of the tower crane was a complex operation that required weeks of planning. Due to issues arising from concurrent gasworks that were taking place in the same area of the City of London, the derigging was rescheduled multiple times in line with safety precautions.
This left Ainscough with an increasingly short window of time to complete the operation.
Alison Mills of Ainscough’s London Regional Hire Centre secured the partial and full road closures that were required to ensure the work was completed successfully. Once on site, Nationwide Traffic Solutions managed the closures and ensured the disruption to vehicles and pedestrians was as limited as possible.
The tower crane commenced with the dismantle from level 8 on the first weekend, using a 450t crane on luffing fly jib complete with reduced outriggers and reduced ballast slew removing the A-Frame front jib and ballast blocks, with NTS deploying a live traffic lane to keep the traffic flowing. The following weekend a 500t crane was used to derig the remaining 60m of the tower crane but this time on a full road closure due to the configuration required.
The completion of the dismantling coincided with a particularly busy weekend for Ainscough in the City of London, with work taking place two streets down from Bishopsgate at Devonshire Square, where Ainscough was using another 450t to lift generators on to Premier Place, a refurbished office building being delivered by Greycoat Real Estate.
Bob Beardmore, Heavy Cranes Technical Manager, said: “This operation was a textbook demonstration of how teamwork can deliver a complex lift successfully. Throughout our team was focussed on careful planning, managing possible hazards and finding solutions to possible problems.
“Dismantling a 90m tower crane in the heart of the City of London work represented a real challenge for our team, but I’m happy to say it is one we rose to. From Alison’s sterling work in securing the road closures to our crane operators that delivered the dismantling under significant time pressure and in a tight location, this was truly a collective effort and I’m very pleased we were able to deliver such an exceptional service for Multiplex.”
Ainscough Crane Hire has worked with electricity network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD) to replace a transformer on a busy road in the popular Devon village of Beer.
WPD carries our regular inspections and maintenance of its electricity network, and during a recent inspection in Beer it became apparent that a substation would need to be replaced.
Due to the restricted space in the compound and the condition of a retaining wall, WPD needed to excavate in front of the substation in order to temporally disconnect the high and low voltage cables.
With all the apparatus disconnected, WPD then needed to remove two items from the compound in order to build new plinths as well as a new retaining wall.
The heaviest item within the substation weighed approximately 3.5t, and as a result of the substation being located 40 metres along a footpath, it was decided to engage Ainscough’s Exeter depot to undertake the lift.
The lift posed some logistical challenges for Ainscough, as the Liebherr 150t crane had to be parked on Fore Street, the main road for coming in and out of Beer.
To counter this, WPD timed the work out of tourist season, and was also granted permission by the council to close Fore Street to allow the crane to be in situ.
Once Ainscough’s team removed the substation’s apparatus, WPD undertook the required civil engineering work before Ainscough lifted the new apparatus into place. WPD was then able to start re-connecting the new apparatus back to the electrical network.
While the operations took place WPD ensured that the low voltage overhead power lines were disconnected. Both lifts were carried out in late evening to further minimise the disruption to local residents, business owners and commuters.
Ryan Dobson, Ainscough’s Exeter depot manager said: “We were happy to be appointed by WPD to help ensure Beer’s electricity network continues to serve the needs of the village’s residents. We had to deliver the lift in a tight and enclosed space, but the forward planning of WPD and the skill of our team ensured the work was carried out successfully and with minimum disruption.”
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