New investments give crane company a big lift

Building the main stage at Parklife
Building the main stage at Parklife

A Lancaster crane hire business’ investment in new specialist equipment has resulted in high demand as the recovery in the North West’s construction industry picks up.

Specialist Crane Hire (SCH), based at White Lund, has recently invested in two huge new pieces of equipment – the Liebherr all terrain crane and the 60 ton Liebherr crane, which is currently working on the Heysham M6 link road.

Formerly known locally as Jardine Crane Hire from the mid-1950s, Specialist Crane Hire celebrates 50 years in the industry this year, and has a reputation for quality with customers including United Utilities Plc, Balfour Beatty and EDF Energy at Heysham Power Stations.

The company said that improved reliability and high quality were key factors in the selection of Liebherr as a partner for the Lancaster Depot of SCH.

John Chappel, Managing Director of SCH, said: “We have certainly been able to add another employee as a result and it encouraged us to accelerate our replacement crane programme, spending £1.3m on new cranes this year. Specifically we have moved temporary accommodation and pilling rigs most recently.”

The company was also contracted to work at the recent Parklife Festival in Manchester.