MPH Sweepers in action for the Tour of Britain

Two of the Metcalfe Plant Hire Road Sweepers have this week been sweeping, cleaning and clearing the roads near Penrith for Cumbria County Council and Eden District Council in preparation and prior to the Tour of Britain cycle race.

We were delighted to be involved in a small capacity to help the efforts of many to make the Tour of Britain such a success as it came through Cumbria on Thursday 10th September 2015.

To hire these sweepers please contact our Hire Desk on 01768-868686

Lowering equipment on Bank Bridge pontoon

HIAB Wagon involved in emergency bridgeworks

Two of the Metcalfe Plant Hires HI-AB wagons and crane attachments have been lifting MEWP and other equipment from the A59 road on the Bank Bridge onto river platoons as part of the emergency works at the A59 Bank Bridge, Tarleton near Leyland, Lancashire.

These specialist vehicle were identified as the safest and most efficient way to lift and delivered products onto the platoon in the river below the high span bridge.

For more details on the HIAB wagons and how to hire these vehicles, please contact our Plant Hire desk on 01768-868686.

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New MPH Scania Tipper Wagons

Metcalfe Plant Hire Ltd have added two brand new Scania Tipper Wagons to their Road Haulage fleet, to find out more about these wagons, their capabilities, load capacities and availability, please contact our Transport Operations Manager – Chris Scott on 01768-868686.

These vehicles have been fitted with the latest FORS (Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme) safety equipment, signage and hi-visibility markings to help protect VRU (vulnerable road users).

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These Scania Tipper wagons will be “On the Road” early September 2015.

Penrith Firms Combine for New Website

Metcalfe Plant Hire have appointed and worked together with another Penrith based business Commendium to create design and launch an industry leading website, for further details see the in-Cumbria press release of 24th August 2015 below or go to


Penrith firms combine for new website

One of the region’s leading plant hire companies is hoping for further growth after teaming up with a Cumbrian firm to launch a new website.

Based in Penrith, Metcalfe Plant Hire provide plant hire and construction operations, and have worked with another Penrith firm, Commendium, to provide their new site.

Les Balmer, Metcalfe Plant Hires’ finance director, commented on their website plans:
“We realised that we needed to renew and refresh our web presence and after talking to a number of web designers we decided that Commendium were in the best position to provide us with what we desired, not only were they locally based but they also gave us the confidence that they could provide the professional advice and web design services that we were looking for and at a reasonable cost, so it was win win scenario”

Mr Balmer also talked about working with Commendium: “We worked very closely with Commendium throughout the whole design process and the result is that we’ve got the modern and cutting edge website that we were looking for, and thanks to the training given to us by Commendium we can even undertake changes to the format & content of the website ourselves, something that was also very important to us.

And Mr Balmer stressed that the aim was to showcase the range of services the business provides: “We’re never going to sell through the website as it doesn’t suit our business. Nobody’s going to hire an excavator or such online.

“Our business involves a lot of negotiation so it’s about showing what we can offer and informing the customers.”

Metcalfe Plant Hire is best known as a construction industry plant hire and construction business, but within their core business portfolio they also offer road haulage, recycling and aggregates supply, and a training and driver assessment centre, thereby delivering an integrated service to both the construction and other industries.

They have established themselves as one of the leading firms not only in Cumbria but in the whole of the north, employing over a hundred staff, with a turnover of £12.8 million in the last financial year.

“Last year was a 16 per cent increase in turnover compared to the previous year, and we’ve carried that on with a good start to this year so there’s green shoots of growth, and that’s all the more reason to refresh the website.”

Digger at work - Carleton Manor Estate

Contract award for MPH with Cumbrian Homes Ltd

Cumbrian HomesMetcalfe Plant Hire’s Contracting Division are delighted to announce they have been chosen by to undertake the infrastructure works, Section 278 works and full site drainage works on their prestigious Carleton Manor site at Penrith Cumbria.

We are delighted to be working with Cumbrian Homes once again, especially on this prestigious housing site in both Metcalfe Plant Hire and Cumbrian Homes’ home town of Penrith.

Works on site have already commenced.

For more details on the Cumbrian Homes – Carleton Manor site visit their website for more details.


DAF Road Sweeper on Callout

MPH new Road Sweepers

The latest addition to the Metcalfe Plant Hire Ltd plant and haulage fleet, the DAF Road Sweeper/Collectors, have been seen throughout the whole of Cumbria, especially on the M6, A66, A595 and A590. But also in the Cities, Towns and Villages throughout Cumbria.

The new Sweepers are emblazoned with the new and striking Metcalfe Plant Hire livery and insignia.

These industry leading pieces of equipment come complete with all the latest technologies, innovations and efficiencies, to hire one of these Road Sweepers please contact our Plant Hire Desk or our Road Haulage Manager on 01768-868686.

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MPH Google+ and Twitter

Metcalfe Plant Hire have embraced Social Media (Google+ and Twitter) as a platform to promote, market and develop the whole business.

Visit the new Metcalfe Plant Hire Google+ Page and our Twitter page @metcalfePH for updates, news further information and company developments.

These Social Media platforms and posts will be used for: –

  • News and press releases
  • New Contracting Division contract success
  • Plant hire Purchases
  • Job vacancies
  • Staff news and updates
  • New products available for purchase
  • Construction Industry Training Courses
  • HGV/LGV Driver Development courses
  • and much more

MPH promote 5no Core Business Operations

Metcalfe Plant Hire Ltd has developed their business to integrate the 5 no Core Operations into one consolidated operational business, these are: –

  1. Construction Industry Plant Hire
  2. Contracting Division
  3. Construction Waste Recycling & Secondary Aggregates Production
  4. Road Haulage
  5. CPCS and Driver Training Centre

By integrating all these Core Operations, Metcalfe Plant Hire can now offer a “One Stop Shop” for contracting and plant hire requirements supported by the haulage, waste recycling, secondary aggregates and training parts of the business into the service.

Metcalfe Plant Hire is well known throughout the area and industry as a renowned and respected plant hire and contracting business, but with the addition of these support Core Operations they are able to offer more than the basic plant hire and contracting requirements.