Project Partner – Plantforce

Plantforce are a national supplier of technology advanced plant hire machinery tailored to the construction, rail, major project and energy industries.

Established as regional plant hire company in 1999, they have grown year on year to now provide one of the largest and most diverse ranges of machinery and skilled operators in the UK. With divisions such as Plantforce Compact, Attachments, Digital, Heavy Haulage and Crushing and Screening, they are able to meet industry needs, with industry specific equipment.

While expansion has seen them grow nationally and provide plant from the top of Scotland to the most southern parts of Cornwall, they have kept their company tradition of servicing all projects with the same attention to detail. Building their business around the needs of their customers has given them the foundation to service major developments, such as the construction of the Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station and HS2.

Project role

Plantforce plays a pivotal role in the delivery of the Element 1 Hydrogen project as one of the providers of excavators. The excavator being supplied by Plantforce is possibly the most fuel efficient 20t tonne machines on the market, the Kobelco SK210HLC-10E Hybrid drive, which will be converted to run on Dual Fuel of HVO and Hydrogen blend.

Referred to by many as one of the most forward-thinking plant hire suppliers in the UK, they have built a reputation as an early adopter of new technologies and equipment. By taking this approach, they have been able to introduce new technologies and ways of working with customers that have delivered significant improvements to their operations.

The focus on innovation is matched by a commitment to safety and sustainability. From empowering clients and the industry to make informed choices to driving the decision-making process for their own operations and procurement decisions. Plantforce have made a meaningful reduction in the environmental impact of their own operations, but also a wider influence on the impact the industry has on the environment.

To achieve innovation and sustainability, taking a collaborative approach is essential. From working closely with their supplier network, through to partnerships with the wider industry, such as on the Element 1 project. This ethos allows Plantforce to deliver a meaningful positive impact for the Element 1 Hydrogen project, for evaluating and advancing hydrogen technology within the infrastructure sector.

Key Person

Name: Samuel Mercer

Position: Chief Operating Officer

“Element 1 is an exciting opportunity to explore a viable retrofit integration of a hydrogen fuel solution in construction equipment that could have a material impact in reducing the impact that our industry has on the environment.

I believe that this work is essential for the UK construction industry to meet its net zero obligations, and we see hydrogen as part of the solution for fuelling our sites in the future to build a sustainable tomorrow. With that, we are delighted to be working alongside other companies in our great industry to test this solution.”

Sam Mercer
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