Our Company

A-Plant is one of the UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire companies. We form part of FTSE 100 company Ashtead Group plc, the second largest equipment rental company in the world. As well as A-Plant, Ashtead Group also comprises Sunbelt Rentals, the second largest equipment rental business in the USA with over 550 locations and over 10,000 employees.

When you hire from A-Plant, you get much more than just a plant hire company. We are multi-product specialists with a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering solutions for a range of sectors including construction, infrastructure, industrial, local authorities and events. With over 185 Service Centres across the UK and a team of more than 3,600 dedicated professionals, we don’t just offer non-operated equipment. We offer years of expertise, certified training, a range of added value services and most importantly, a total commitment to ensuring your safety at all times.

With accreditation to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007 and SafeHire certification, you can rest safe in the knowledge that we operate one of the most robust safety and quality management systems in our industry. Our hire fleet of over 130,000 itemised pieces of plant, tools and equipment counts amongst the most impressive too - with annual investment of more than £150 million in new equipment each year from the world’s leading manufacturers, we ensure that you can hire the very latest and safest equipment currently available.

Take a look at our Company Overview document for more information.

Registered Office:
Ashtead Plant Hire Company Ltd
100 Cheapside 

Registered No. 444569 England & Wales
VAT no. GB 209/5687/37

What We Do

At A-Plant, we enable you to focus on what you do best. We hire out the equipment you need when you need it, and we make sure it’s fully maintained, serviced and ready to work immediately, efficiently and safely.

Our complete range of equipment, from the smallest hand-held tool to the largest powered access machine, is available to hire from our network of Service Centres all across the UK. Detailed below are our main product ranges:

Plant Hire: We are traditionally known as a supplier of large plant equipment and our product range is unmatched in the industry. Within our fleet, we offer bowsers, compressors, dumpers, excavators, forklifts, pumps, rollers, telehandlers and much more. We’ve made significant investment in Stage IIIB/Tier 4 compliant equipment and machines which use bio-degradable hydraulic oil.

Tool Hire: We offer a vast range of tools and smaller equipment for contractors, builders, painters and decorators, landscape gardeners and many other trades, as well as homeowners carrying out DIY. Our range includes breakers, concreting and compaction equipment, dehumidifiers, drills, floor planers, gardening equipment, heaters, pressure washers, pumps, sanders, saws, vacuum cleaners and more. Our Tool Hire Express stores offer access to a wide range of tools, consumables and PPE in city centre locations.

Surveying Equipment: Our fleet of surveying and measuring equipment includes construction lasers, pipe lasers, automatic and digital levels, total stations, GPS kits, scanning equipment and much more. We also offer a full calibration service, ensuring equipment is safe, accurate and compliant with all relevant Health and Safety criteria.

Accommodation: With more than 16,000 units available, we offer one of the UK’s largest hire fleets of temporary accommodation for use on construction sites, at events or for use as offices, classrooms and canteens. Our range includes anti-vandal units, sleeper units, portable toilets, furniture and more.

Power Generation, Lighting and Welding: We offer a complete selection of generators from the smallest 2kVA petrol generator through to the largest 330kVA diesel generator. For welding work, we offer a range of petrol and diesel engined welders and other products such as wire feed units and inverters. Our lighting range includes super silent lighting Towers, eco tower lights that generate 30% fewer emissions, mini tower lights, uplighters and fluorescent lighting.

Rail: Our hire fleet includes compactors, jacks, rail chain saws, rail generators, trolleys, sign and speed boards, sleeper beams, skates, trackside lighting, Vortok safety barriers, wrenches and much more. We are Link-up approved and hold all the relevant accreditations to deliver trackside.

Access: As one of the UK’s market leaders in the hire of powered access equipment, our hire fleet includes scissor lifts, telescopic booms, articulated booms and more. We also have a large fleet of the very latest low level access equipment, including self-propelled and push-around models, scaffold towers and folding work platforms, ensuring we have the right equipment for every job.

A-Plant Lux Traffic Control and Management: As the UK’s largest hirer of portable traffic signals and a leading supplier of temporary traffic management solutions, our hire fleet includes temporary traffic lights, variable message signs, Chapter 8 registered Class 1 and 2 road signs and hundreds of cones, lights and barriers. We have a dedicated Traffic Call Centre and can manage all aspects of traffic projects, including site surveys and drawings, local authority approval and complete installations.

FLG Services: We have a vast range of lifting gear for hire or purchase, including block grabs, Bumpa and Hoddi hoists, chain blocks, clamps, gantries, jacks, lanyards, rescue winches, safety harnesses, shackles, skates, tirfor machines, vacuum lifters, winches and more. Our team of experts can also inspect, repair and test customers’ own lifting equipment.

Live: (The merger of Eve and LION Trackhire) is the industry’s leading solutions provider and the pioneer of temporary access systems. Established in 1966, offering aluminium and plastic trakway for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, temporary walkways, pitch covering systems, barriers, fencing and bridges. Live operates extensively within the events, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Leada Acrow: Products for hire or sale for all temporary works requirements, including formwork, falsework and groundwork systems, as well as edge protection, façade retention and HD propping systems. We also offer a design service for temporary works projects. Leada Acrow is also the sole UK hire supplier of MEVA formwork equipment manufactured in Germany.

PSS Hire: Offers a wide range of equipment for the pipeline, utilities, civil engineering and associated industries, such as butt fusion and electrofusion equipment, bursters, cable winches, pushing machines, moles, cable avoidance tools and gas detection equipment.

Take a look at our Company Overview for more information or view our infographic.

A-Plant Infographic (PDF, 3.71 MB)