The UK’s leading tools and equipment hire provider Speedy has launched a new regional service centre in Reading to expand the specialist construction hire services it provides to businesses across the Thames Valley.
The new 18,000 sq ft centre on Bennet Street is more than double the size of the firm’s previous site on Boulton Road and the business expects to hire new staff this year as it expands its range of services at the store.
The move comes as the pipeline of major housebuilding schemes ramps up in Reading, which includes the 735-home Huntley Wharf development and the projects at Station Hill, the Thames Quarter and Vastern Road, where proposals have been made for almost 2,000 homes.
Building firms and contractors in the region will be able to access the firm’s 350 most popular products through Capital Commitment, Speedy’s four-hour delivery promise, with click and collect services available via its app or website.
The Bennet Street service centre will offer the firm’s full range of lifting and survey equipment to Reading businesses for the first time to meet local demand, from hoists and gantries to scissor lifts and mast booms. The store will also provide hire services for small tools, fencing and plant equipment, from excavators to plant trailers.
The new site forms part of a multi-million-pound investment drive to enhance Speedy’s equipment ranges and service centre network, which runs 200 sites across the UK and Ireland. The expansion in Reading follows recent growth in Swindon, Doncaster and Bury St Edmunds.
Dave Cummings, area manager for the South Coast at Speedy, said: “This investment comes at an important time for the region. The pipeline of exciting new developments is building quickly across the city and there are a growing number of local contractors that need access to a comprehensive range of tools and equipment hire and advice to support them in delivering their projects safely, on time and on budget.
“The move to significantly expand our presence represents the strength of our commitment to Reading and we look forward to continuing to build on the services we can provide for our customers.”