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Ainscough reaches 1000 lifting day milestone at Hinkley Point C

February 12, 2018

Ainscough Crane Hire will chalk up its 1000th day of lifting activity at the construction of EDF Energy’s new Hinkley Point C power station since it first started working on the Somerset site in 2015.

The company, which will reach this important milestone in February, has been providing lifting solutions to the Tier 1 Contractors including Bylor, Kier Bam, Costain and Balfour Beatty and to over 40 sub-contractors on site with tasks including assembly of concrete batching plants, installation of mobile offices and assistance with civil engineering elements such as drainage and retaining walls.

Left to right: Mario Martins, Project Engineer – Special Projects; Derek Gow, Sales and Marketing Director; Ian Watts, Environment Health & Safety Manager; Adam Hodgkins, Commercial Lead at Hinkley Point C; Simon Baines, Customer Services Manager; John Murphy, National Account Manager; Pia Ellis, Hire Controller; Mark James, Operations Director (South); Matt Jarman, Depot Manager

Ainscough HPC Delivery Team

With a dedicated project team Ainscough’s work at Hinkley Point C has seen 22 different crane types used on site ranging from 40Te to 750Te; the 750T is the largest mobile crane to be used on site to date.

Matt Jarman, manager for Project Team said: “Working at Hinkley Point C for 3 years has given us the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the needs of the largest construction project in Europe and to build a local project team to support the ramp up of activity on site”.

“This project is a long-term commitment for us and we will strive to continue provide lifting solutions over the coming months and years.”

On reaching the 1000 lifting day’s milestone; Mike Milledge, Hinkley Point C’s Lifting Manger, said: “Congratulations to the Ainscough Team on achieving 1000 lifting days on site, the team have worked hard to understand the needs of lifting to our Nuclear Site Licence standard which is all about performing tasks safely.”

Left to right: Mario Martins, Project Engineer – Special Projects; Derek Gow, Sales and Marketing Director; Ian Watts, Environment Health & Safety Manager; Adam Hodgkins, Commercial Lead at Hinkley Point C; Simon Baines, Customer Services Manager; John Murphy, National Account Manager; Pia Ellis, Hire Controller; Mark James, Operations Director (South); Matt Jarman, Depot Manager


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