Specialist divisions

Along with Hire Station Vp Plc has established a new section of specialised divisions whose forte is in the hire and sale of specialised heating, cooling and lifting equipment. Along with our other specialist businesses such Arcotherm, ESS Safeforce and Virtual Hire, Vp created two unique divisions:

1.‘Heating Centres of Excellence’ 

2.‘Lifting Centres of Excellence’

These are designated branches whose speciality lies in providing unique equipment such as direct fire heaters and PASMA towers. From there our ‘Dual Excellence Centres’ were developed. These are a combined heating and lifting centre under one roof.

Our 29 centres of excellence, over half of our branches, provide the latest equipment available from our brand new low level access ‘Ecolifts’ and scissor lifts to Phoen 110 oil heaters and our new fleet of GW31 LPG heaters.

Not only do our branches carry the most modern stock but they also provide all the relevant or required training, especially in regards to working at height. All of our available training courses are viewable on our training page. Our branches also now provide the ‘Big 5’ warranty available with our heaters. This means you no longer have to take your equipment to one location for it to be shipped to somewhere else to be repaired to be then sent back along the same trail. Your repairs can now done by our highly trained staff in the branch.

Please browse through the individualised tabs below to learn more about our 3 unique styles of 'Excellence Centres' along with all of our specialised branch locations combined with a map showing where they all are placed across the UK.

Want to know if your local branch is a specialist lifting location? Then look out for this infogrpahic on our local branch pages to find out!

Want to know if your local branch is a specialist heating location? Then look out for this infogrpahic on our local branch pages to find out!

Heating Centres of Excellence
Over the past couple of year Hire Station has built up a network of dedicated heating centres which we named our ‘Heating Centres of Excellence’.

Centred on our Arcotherm base in Alfreton each of our dedicated heating centres provides specialist heater hire to every Hire Station customer. Arcotherm is the UK’s sole supplier of Biemmedue equipment and has over 20 years of experience in the heat industry becoming the leading supplier of portable heating equipment in the country.

Our network of specialised heating centres can provide the exact type of equipment where and when you need it and with 12 dedicated branches located throughout the UK you are never too far away.

At each of our heating centres we offer the following products:

  • Halogen & infrared heaters
  • Butane cabinet heaters
  • Propane box heaters
  • Electric fan heaters
  • 3 different specifications of direct fired LPG heaters
  • 2 different specifications of direct oil fired heaters
  • Diesel warehouse heaters
  • 3 different specifications of indirect oil fired heaters

These are just a selection of the heaters available from our centres of excellence, to see what else we offer please view our heater section.

Below is a list of our dedicated 'Heating Centre of Excellence' branches:

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Glasgow logo
Hull logo
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Hire Station Tower Bridge
Long Eaton logo
Newcastle logo
Peterborough logo
Warrington logo
Aberdeen logo
Bristol logo
Carlisle logo
Edinburgh logo
Maidstone logo
Manchester logo
Plymouth logo
Southampton logo
Hire Station Chesterfield

Lifting centres of excellence mapHire Station are accredited members of LEEA (the ‘Lifting Equipment Engineers Association – Lifting Standards Worldwide’). LEEA is established across the world as THE respected and authoritative representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry. The association has played a key role in this very specialised field for over seven decades, from training and standard setting through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice and the development of examination and licensing systems.

Hire Station are represented at the highest level across a range of both public and private bodies including various government departments, as well as both nationally and internationally recognised professional and technical institutions. LEEA are registered in various forms of ISO (see our FAQ for more details) and also a member of DROPS (Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme). LEEA is constantly involved with all aspects of the industry helping to promote the highest technical and safety standards whilst also offering a wide range of services and support to its members on a global scale.

Also from our Lifting centres can provide  the following equipment:

Loose Lifting Equipment: Chain blocks, winches, slings, shackles, eyebolts & jacking equipment

Fixed Lifting Equipment: Runway beams, overhead cranes, jib's, tail lifts, davits, sockets & hoists

Our service engineers can provide examination and test services on your lifting equipment & accessories. I your equipment isn't listed below please contact us to see if we can come to an arrangement. With our nationwide team of LEEA qualified engineers our Hire Station staff inspect thousands of items every year to meet the required LOLER and PUWER requirements.

Below is a list of our dedicated 'Lifting Centres of Excellence' branches:

Hire Station Birmingham
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Carlisle logo
Edinburgh logo
Hire Station Canning Town
Hire Station Loughborough
Hire Station Greenford
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Hire Station Middlesbrough
Hire Station Norwich
Plymouth logo
Hire Station Sheffield
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Hire Station Stoke-on-Trent
Hire Station Swansea
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Dual excellence centres mapAs well as our dedicated centres we also have branches that contain both heating and lifting specialities which we call our 'Dual Excellence Centres'.

They combine the benefits of both our heating and lifting expertise under one roof. Our dual centres are placed at strategic location across the country making sure there areas cover most of mainland England and Scotland.

Each of our 'Dual Excellence Centres' are accredited by the same affiliations as the individual specialised branches.

Having 2 specialities under one roof produced numerous benefits, the most important being now customers within the catchment areas of the branches have every resource in one building. On top of this these twin hubs are connected to the individual specialised branches, meaning half of our branch network is directly connected with one of the specialist divisions.

All of our excellence centre, heating, lifting and dual carry the latest equipment available whilst fully maintaining the tools on offer and providing full training when required or requested.

Here is a list of our Dual Excellence Centre branches:

Hire Station Aberdeen
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Carlisle logo
Edinburgh logo
Maidstone logo
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Plymouth logo
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Useful Information

Branch locations
Canning Town
Long Eaton
Melton Mowbray
Tower Bridge

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