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About Us

We’re Plant and Tool Hire Specialists with an Excellent Reputation and a Nationwide Network of Depots

From a single site in 1979, Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd has grown to become a leading specialised hirer of plant and tools with an extensive inventory and a vast network of depots located throughout the UK. Come see how you can benefit from our 40 years of experience.

At Charles Wilson, we’re here to help make your next project a success. Our comprehensive range of readily available equipment includes excavators, telehandlers, access platforms, dumpers—large or small, welfare units, traffic-management equipment, portable air conditioning and more. We have divisions specialising in events, super-silenced generators, materials handling, lifting, powered access, pumps, safety equipment and certified IPAF, PASMA and forklift training courses. No matter where you’re located or what project you’re planning, there’s a Charles Wilson branch near you.

Whether you’re a local house builder, a contractor constructing film sets for a major motion picture, or a DIYer with an ambitious project at home, we have the equipment, the tools and the experience you need. Our 19 branches are strategically located throughout the UK. Our North London branches serve customers in Borehamwood, Enfield, Kentish Town and adjacent areas, while our South London branches cover Wandsworth and Croydon, Sidcup and Dartford. Our East London and Basildon branches serve Stratford, Romford and areas to the east. Further south, our Sussex branch reaches out to Crawley and Brighton, while our South Kent branch covers Maidstone and Ashford. If you’re based in the Midlands, look to the Birmingham Depot for the generator, the tower light or the tools you need to complete that one-day job. The north of England is served by our North West Depot in Liverpool, our Manchester Depot, Newcastle Depot and our West Yorkshire Depot in Leeds. And, of course, one of our newer depots is located in Nottingham. Please bear in mind that our branches specialise in different fields. Our Birmingham Depot specialises in generator hire and access platform hire, while our Nottingham Depot specialises in dumpers, excavators and mini diggers. Our Hayes Depot, home of the Charles Wilson Training Centre, specialises in powered access equipment, site equipment, IPAF/PASMA training and more. With a network of branches this large and this comprehensive, even if your local branch doesn’t have the item you need, we’ll have it at another company branch.

We are dedicated to the health and safety of the workers who hire our equipment and tools and operate them on the job. We purchase the best equipment from recognized manufacturers and maintain them to a very high standard. Every item in our inventory is serviced and maintained in accordance with the requirements established in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (P.U.W.E.R.) and the Lifting Operations Regulations 1998 (L.O.L.E.R.). Beyond that, we offer a series of training courses to keep you safe whilst working at height, and a second series of courses for forklift and telehandler operators, all from our Forklift Training Centre in Hayes, Middlesex. And, as a further indication of our concern for your well-being, we offer a wide range of noise control items, dust suppression control items, and personal protective equipment to guard against exposure to vibration and personal noise exposure. Consult our product listings for a full list of available protection equipment.