New ownership for Durham

The ownership of UK industrial crane and lifting gear supplier Durham Lifting has been fully transferred to a second generation.

The business is now 100 percent owned by Paul and Amanda Gardiner, with founder/chairman Frank Pickersgill handing over the reins and full ownership of the company prior to his 74th birthday this summer.
Pickersgill was a pioneer of the modular spreader beam concept which remains a key product in the Durham Lifting product line, in the form of the Multisec system which it launched in 2020. He established Durham in 1996, assisted by his daughter, managing director Amanda Gardiner, who has managed the company for more than two decades.
Amanda and Paul Gardiner

Paul Gardiner, a qualified design engineer, has been instrumental in development of new products, and is also highly experienced in proof load testing. The load testing operation dates back to 1998 and the acquisition of Britannia Test House which now has the ability to test specialist lifting and handling equipment, as well as offshore equipment to 1,250 tonnes.

Its test bed in Middlesbrough is the largest of its kind in the UK and holds third party approval to undertake tensile and compressive testing up to 2,000 tonnes. It has also acquired a 3,000 tonne test bed, in order to extend its capabilities still further.
The Britannia Test House in Middlesbrough

The company specialises in the manufacture of offshore handling equipment, along with modular spreader beams up to 1,000 tonnes.

Amanda Gardiner said: "Taking full ownership of Durham Lifting is a proud moment for us, and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We're ready to lead Durham Lifting into a future filled with innovation, growth, and continued success."
Paul Gardiner added: “With a bright future ahead, we are dedicated to building a team with the technical ability to support the growth of the lifting equipment industry to meet future challenges."