First job for Ainscough's LTC 1050-3.1E

28 March 2024

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Ainscough’s Liebherr LTC 1050-3.1E, the first in the UK, debuts with city centre job.

Ainscough Crane Hire’s new LTC 1050-3.1E crane, the first of its type in the country, has undertaken its first job since being added to the company’s fleet. 

Ainscough was appointed by UK infrastructure services, construction and property development company Kier to deliver lifts as part of its £28m redevelopment of The Crescent Centre, an office building at Temple Quay in Bristol. Designed by architect Buckley Gray Yeoman, Kier’s work will double the total floor space from less than 50,000 sq. ft to 101,000 sq. ft, with floor plates of up to 18,000 sq. ft. 

The redevelopment includes a new two-storey façade with amenity space on the ground floor. There will be a one-storey rooftop extension and the addition of three private roof terraces. Ainscough was appointed to lift ribbon extension cable, green roof equipment to the building’s roof, as well as insulation and air duct sections.

The LTC 1050-3.1E crane was chosen for the job due to the restricted space on offer in the city centre location. Low noise and emissions were also key factors, allowing the crane to work where a conventional crane could not.

Chris Willis, manager of Ainscough’s Bristol depot said: “All of the capabilities that make the LTC 1050-3.1E stand out – its flexibility and its environmental credentials – were on show over the course of this two-day operation.” 

Jason Taylor, regional director at Kier Construction Western and Wales, said: “Having this hybrid crane working on our site provides a valuable opportunity to explore alternatives to fully diesel-powered options.”

Read more about Ainscough’s new Liebherr LTC 1050-3.1E in the forthcoming city cranes feature in the April issue of Cranes Today – out 1st April.