The UK’s largest telehandler rental company Ardent Hire Solutions is to expand its modest aerial lift rental fleet.
It has ordered a further 50 Niftylift articulated booms for delivery early in the New Year. The company purchased its first work platforms - 50 Niftylift articulated boom lifts - in April. The deliveries included 33ft HR12 LEs/NE, 50ft HR17 LE/NEs, 63ft HR21s all pure electric models, along with a number of 86ft Nifty HR28 Hybrid booms, all of which make up its small all boom fleet, which it says are running well alongside its telehandlers and other equipment.
The company also says that it has offset emissions from the hybrid booms lifts as well as offset emissions from its entire transport fleet in order to make its powered access fleet fully carbon neutral. The company runs a fleet of around 3,500 telehandlers from 10 locations in England and one in Scotland.
Ardent acquired a few work platforms with the acquisition of Fork Rent in 2015, but clearly decided not to add powered access to its range at that time, and we assume disposed of them. That is now changing although the company has no plans to add larger diesel models or scissor lifts at this stage.
Ardent’s chief executive Jeremy Fish joined the company in 2016 after three years running Nationwide Platforms UK, and so has plenty of experience of the powered access market. See Fork Rent acquired.