The 40m span bridge forms part of a new off-road walking and cycling route linking Bredbury and Little Moor and joins two parts of Stockport’s existing National Cycle Network – the Alan Newton Way at Bredbury Hall and Fred Perry Way in Woodbank Park.

Ainscough was contacted by CTS Bridges to draw up a lifting plan for the project by CTS Bridges as part of its work for main contractor Bethell Construction. A Liebherr LTM1750-9.1 750.0te crane with 204.0te of counterweight was used on the 52m guyed main boom to position the bridge into place.

“Stockport is my home town, and it was a great pleasure to work with CTS Bridges and the Council in installing a vital new piece of infrastructure for the borough,” said Dave Baxter, technical contracts manager in Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes team.

“The work took place in an area of real historical significance, as it is overlooked by Pearl Mill, one of the last spinning mills to be built in the UK. The new infrastructure is a clean looking truss bridge that really enhances the open space surroundings, and it was a proud moment to be the appointed person on site for this project.”

Joining Baxter on this project were his Ainscough colleagues Mark Brown, lift supervisor, and crane operators Ashley Winter and Danny Carrick, with Kevin McLafferty and Andy Jackson completing the team.