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D-Day Commemorations

D-Day Commemorations
Posted on 07/06/2024

The D-Day commemorations reminded me of the part that JONES & IRON FAIRY CRANES (which we absorbed in 1997) played in the invasion. They supplied the cranes used to unload the Mulberry harbours at the beachheads. You’ve got to feel for the crane drivers who due to their logistical importance would be top targets for…

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‘Assiettes de saison’ (Seasonal plates)

‘Assiettes de saison’ (Seasonal plates)
Posted on 07/05/2024

Swift forking on of two loads out of the yard today for 20-tonne batches of Temporary Structure Ballast Plates bound for some pavilion foundations at the Paris Olympics. The ever popular SALLY lifter not only makes the lifting and installation easy, but gives the engineers a perfect anchorage for their structural connections. Photos care of…

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Iron road…

Iron road…
Posted on 01/05/2024

One of the joys of having a great transport team and a varied fleet is being able to offer solutions to problems well outside what would be expected by most hire companies. So as an alternative to a VERY expensive crane hire, we were able to lay an 80m x 3m runway of solid steel…

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Mud free, 6 of the best!

Mud free, 6 of the best!
Posted on 12/01/2024

Limited offer on FREE STUFF! A gift from us to you to help keep the mud out of your face whilst you have a cup of tea and a sarnie. Six of our walkover mats free with every welfare unit. Offer runs until the end of April 2024. Simply mention ’walkovers’ when you enquire. Pictures…

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Perfect party planning!

Perfect party planning!
Posted on 22/12/2023

A discerning client in East Sussex went the extra mile – quite literally – and went to the trouble of laying on 1,500 sq/m of ZIGMATS so his party guests can park on his land for a New Year’s party without fear or fuss of getting stuck. Also a big shout out to the Southdown…

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Enterprise Day, New HQ launch party

Enterprise Day, New HQ launch party
Posted on 01/12/2023

I’m very fortunate to operate in an industry I love and so enjoy the vast majority of my days at work. But some days, like Saturday 11 November – stand head and shoulders above the rest. We purchased a 3 acre site a former cattery some 5 years ago. Since then we have successfully negotiated…

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Posh COSHH

Posh COSHH
Posted on 25/10/2023

Taking advantage of a couple days between jobs, the painting crew took one of our Secure COSHH stores that has been out on a long term hire. She was solid, but a bit sad looking. A thorough prep and a shiny coat of ‘Southdown’ blue and we’re good to go again! Pictures courtesy of  Wayne…

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9 time: How to move massive road plates

9 time: How to move massive road plates
Posted on 18/10/2023

As engineers and construction/refurbishment specialists become more skilled they rely on us at ROADPLATEHIRE to create larger and more ambitious solutions. These 9 metre long brutes were no exception. Fortunately, the processing of them in our cavernous new 21 metre x 12 metre production hall was fairly straightforward for Lyndon and his experienced team.  But…

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We’ve moved!

We’ve moved!
Posted on 23/06/2023

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve moved to a new purpose built facility for our ever expanding operations at the Southdown Enterprise Park near Henfield. Our new address is: Road Plate Hire A division of Southdown Engineers Ltd (Company number: 03390702) Unit WEST Southdown Enterprise Park Shoreham Road Henfield BN5 9SE ///whizzed.prospers.ironclad  

A hole and a half

A hole and a half
Posted on 17/03/2023

Extra care, extra service and extra large plates were required for this excavation mitigation in NW London. Our ex stock 6×3 plates roadplates were the solution to this particular chasm. Pictures courtesy of Scott Tait