Ainscough Crane Hire’s Falkirk depot is continuing its strong working relationship with Petroineos following its ongoing involvement in the refinery’s turnaround (TAR) at its Grangemouth site. The event sees plant being shutdown to allow for inspections, maintenance and the replacement of equipment.

Petroineos, a joint venture formed in 2011 between INEOS and Petrochina, owns and operates Scotland’s only crude oil refinery and delivers around 70% of fuels to Scotland.

Ainscough is contracted by Petroineos to deliver its cranage requirements, and this year represented the third TAR it has been involved in and biggest to date. It saw 40 cranes varying in size from 40t to 250t double-shifting for an initial period of 48 days.

In order to undertake such a vast operation, Ainscough utilised its vast national depot network across the UK, with the furthest depot that provided a crane being East London. Each of the 40 cranes was supplied with two operators in order to provide 48 hour cover.

Ciaran McNamee, manager of Ainscough’s Falkirk depot, said: “We’re very proud of the work we undertake with Petroineos.

“This year’s turnaround was the most complex we’ve worked on yet and presented a number of challenges, particularly concerning ensuring each operator was fully briefed about their responsibilities on such a large and intricate site. I would like to give particular credit to our hire controller Amanda Wilson for her sterling work in co-ordinating our workforce so brilliantly.”

“It’s been a remarkable project for Ainscough to once again be part of and its smooth running is a tribute to everyone involved.”


Ainscough Crane Hire has worked with its client ilke Homes to bring its innovative modular homes to the North West for South Liverpool Homes (SLH).

Ilke Homes’ state-of-the-art factory in Knaresborough, Yorkshire uses innovative, modern methods of construction to build modular homes for delivery to locations across the UK.

The high-quality, energy efficient homes are transported to developments and once on site, can be installed at a rate of six homes a day – cutting the time a traditional build programme takes in half in order to deliver housing to those who need it most.

Four three-bedroom homes were built off-site in ilke Homes’ factory before being transported to the 119-home development on Greenway Road in Speke, Liverpool, which is being built for SLH by Keepmoat Homes.

They were then lifted into place by staff from Ainscough’s Preston depot over three days, utilising a 100t crane.

Paul Haigh, Ainscough’s operations manager for the North West: “It’s always a real pleasure for our team when we work with ilke. The company is at the forefront of the modular building revolution that will change the way houses are built. Installation of these homes took place over a sunny few days in Merseyside, and the expert way the different components are constructed means it is a relatively simple process for our team to complete. We look forward to working with ilke again soon as they continue their march to bring their innovative offsite built homes to other parts of the country.”

ilke homes is a delivery partner of Keepmoat Homes which is building the 119 two, three and four-bedroom homes on a former school site on Greenway Road, transforming the area into a thriving community. The sustainable homes will offer low running costs for tenants and will enable SLH to meet the increased demands for homes in the area at a quicker pace of delivery.


There are hundreds of businesses of all sizes currently working at Hinkley Point C (HPC), though few can be as integral to daily site operations as Ainscough.

The UK’s largest crane company, Ainscough has gone to great lengths to embed itself into the South West’s business and educational communities and currently works with over 60 contractors on site.

With 30 depot locations across the UK from Scotland down to Devon, Ainscough is highly experienced in working on complex infrastructure projects and has brought that expertise to Somerset where it has over 50 people involved with the new nuclear build project at HPC.

“We’re not only committed to the HPC programme, we are heavily invested in the local community too,” said Adam Hodgkins, commercial manager for Ainscough at HPC.

“As a business this is the largest infrastructure project we’re working on and, as we’re potentially going to be here for many years to come, it’s the right thing to do to integrate into the local community both on and off site.”

A family-run company until 2007, today Ainscough operates over 400 cranes and employs 900 people working on projects all over the UK including the A14 bypass through Cambridge, Energy for Waste Sites and Petrochemical sites.

At HPC, Ainscough, is working with many of the Tier 1 suppliers such as Kier BAM, Bylor and Balfour Beatty.

“We have more than 50 working on the project, including crane operators, supervisors and engineers, as well as an office in the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre,” continued Adam.

“Clearly we’re a national company, however we are very committed to the South West and now have a strong stake in ensuring this project is a success.”

Ainscough first came onto site four years ago having liaised initially with the HPC Supply Chain Team, attending its many networking meetings and other events, before building links and relationships with the Tier 1 contractors.

Adam said: “To date we have had 16 different types of crane on site, from 40t to 750t, working right across HPC as the project progresses from the civil works to the mechanical and engineering phase.

“It’s been a long process to get to this stage which has taken careful relationship-building to achieve, but ultimately it’s been incredibly rewarding and we are extremely proud to be part of what’s happening here in Somerset.”

As you would expect from any company involved with a nuclear new build project, Ainscough takes health and safety extremely seriously – a corporate value entirely in line with the culture at HPC. The company is also embracing new technology and integrating that into its work at HPC, specifically with the introduction of an app – My Ainscough – which includes features designed to help workers make safe choices when working on site.

Ainscough’s commitment to the local community and the company has linked with Bridgwater College’s Cannington Campus where it has supported various events and works with the college to offer its slingers and banksmen courses.

“We see this as all about building our legacy in the South West,” said Adam. “We’re making an investment in the future so that as our workforce ages we have the next generation of crane operators, engineers and managers ready to come through and continue our work.”

Need a crane? Contract lift? Or advice for a special project on site call Adam on 07795 012049


The UK’s leading lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has been honoured by a major industry body for its outstanding approach to safety.

The Engineering Construction Industry Association (ECIA) is the principal trade and employer association for the UK engineering construction industry. It boasts over 300 companies as members, including both global organisations and smaller contractors.

As part of their membership of the ECIA, members submit their annual injury and accident statistics each year. As a result of Ainscough’s impressive figures for 2018, it has been awarded the ECIA Safe Working Award.

The award recognises that throughout the twelve months in question Ainscough, achieved an Accident Frequency Rate below the industry average as defined by the Health and Safety Executive’s RIDDOR regulations.

Tony Morley, QHSE Manager, Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “The achievement of ECIA’S Safe Working Award is testament to Ainscough’s continued commitment to delivering outstanding standards of safety on our projects throughout the country. Safety sits at the heart of all the work we do, and I would like to thank all of our staff for showing their commitment to our Make the Safe Choice ethos on a day to day basis. At Ainscough, we share a collective responsibility for each other’s safety, and every member of the team knows they are empowered to speak up and stop work if they sense there is a risk of an accident

“A company of our size has a significant responsibility in guaranteeing the wellbeing of our staff, customers and the general public. That is why Make the Safe Choice is so important to us, and why we are always examining what can be done to further improve upon our already stringent safety practices in order to reduce risk on our projects as much as possible.”

Terry Woolmer, Safety Health & Environment Manager, ECIA, said: “There is no doubt that our members deliver a performance that is substantially better than that for construction as a whole.

“These positive outcomes would not have been possible if members were not consistently delivering high standards. Such performance does not come about by chance. Therefore, not only do we extend our congratulations but also our thanks for all your efforts.”

June | 2019 | Ainscough Group