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Laing O'Rourke sells mobile crane fleet to Ainscough

Laing O’Rourke has sold its mobile crane fleet to hire specialist Ainscough.

Around 11 mobile cranes will transfer over from Laing O’Rourke’s Select Plant arm, along with a number of staff, as part of the deal.

Laing O’Rourke said the sale would improve the efficiency and productivity of its operations.

A spokesman said: “As part of the group’s best practice we are continuously looking at improvements that we can make in the efficiency and productivity of our operations.

“Having assessed our mobile crane assets, we believe that the operational support of an external partner in this area will strengthen our offer.”

He added: “We have agreed to sell our mobile fleet to Ainscough Crane Hire, who currently meet 75 per cent of our mobile crane requirements, and we will continue to work with them on an ongoing basis.

“We will continue to invest in the aspects of our Select Plant fleet required to meet the challenges of the complex projects Laing O’Rourke is delivering.”

An Ainscough spokesman said: “Select commenced consultation with the relevant employees on the potential transfer to Ainscough on 16 November 2016 and both parties expect to conclude the transaction soon.”

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