Access rental firm reborn in Scotland

Jamie Palmer, Bryan Rogers, Margaret Ramsey and Leigh Baker, with two of the company's Hinowa tracked booms.
Jamie Palmer, Bryan Rogers, Margaret Ramsey and Leigh Baker, with two of the company’s Hinowa tracked booms.

An established powered access hire company is refocusing as a specialist in its field, with a new brand name and new management.

Height for Hire Scotland is changing its name to Specialized Access. Under the direction of Leigh Baker, the company is transforming itself from a general purpose platform rental business into a specialist supplier of spider lifts and vehicle-mounted booms. Leigh is well known in the Scottish access industry, having founded Pinnacle Platforms in Lanarkshire in 2008, which he successfully grew and sold.

Leigh said: “Tracked and truck-mounted booms are the real problem-solvers of our industry, providing access to places other machines simply cannot reach. Contractors who hire these specialist machines rightly want assurances that they are also getting specialist advice and support from genuine experts they can trust. Specialized Access will provide that end-to-end solution, ranging from advice on the correct machine to hire, through to technical support and training.”

Specialized Access is centrally located in Wishaw. It has a substantial fleet of tracked boom lifts from brands including Hinowa and Omme Lift, as well as a wide range of truck mounted booms from respected manufacturers such as Isoli.

Tracked booms, also known as spider lifts, have compact dimensions enabling them to pass through narrow gaps such as garden gates and interior doorways. The crawler chassis distributes the weight and ground pressure, enabling them to work in conditions unsuitable for conventional booms. They are increasingly popular for construction or maintenance applications where soft or sensitive terrain is an issue; and for internal atrium work on expensive floors in shopping centres, museums and other public buildings. The company’s truck mounted fleet includes telescopic and articulated booms, offering working heights from 14m to 52m – with up to 21m working height available on a 3.5-tonne light commercial vehicle chassis.

Along with access rental, the company will also offer training courses related to the safe operation of these products. Despite the name change, Specialized Access remains part of the IAPS Group, the UK’s largest independent powered access distributor, meaning rental customers benefit from a high level of after sales care including an expert team of mobile engineers as well as a technical product support hotline.

Leigh added: “Specialized Access will meet a growing need in Scotland for cost-effective solutions to complex working at height challenges. As part of IAPS Group our customers can have complete confidence in after-sales care and technical support. We have a great base on which to build and will look to expand both the fleet and the team as we grow.”