Welcome to PDP

The Hydraulic Platform Hire Specialists in Manchester

Providing a comprehensive hire fleet for over 30 years

Welcome to Peter Douglass Platforms

Peter Douglass Platforms (PDP) offers a wealth of experience with over 46 years in the industry prides themselves on a first-class service which you would expect from a well-established business.

Owner Rick Wood with over 35 years’ experience in the access platform and hire industry was joined by Martin Sixsmith in 2018 from the aircraft deicing platform industry to form a new partnership, at the same time promoting Matt Scarlett to Operations Manager in the day to day running of the company. This coupled with the team at PDP offering a wealth of time served experience in the workshop and out in the operational field of the hire industry all pride themselves on their in-depth knowledge providing a tailored and personal service to their customers.

Whether it is a truck mounted assess platform, van-mounted access platform, tracked-access crawler platform, scissor lift or self-propelled boom, the team at PDP can advise you on the best solution and offer a trouble-free service.

The company offers inspection and service support to customers machines incorporating local authority owned equipment and private companies. This also includes inspection and repair work in the deicing platform industry. 

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Our Hire Fleet

Van Mounted

Our Van mounted platforms range from 12m up to 16m. These are perfect for self-drive hires, with machines available from 1 day to as long as required.

Truck Mounted

We have a large range of Truck Mounted Platforms, ranging from 16m up to 33m.

Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts allow the user to access those spaces that are narrow and awkward to get to.

Tracked Machines

A tracked chassis spreads the load over a far larger surface area than standard wheels can,

Self Propelled

The Nifty Height Rider 12 (HR12) self-propelled boom lift is one of the most versatile and reliable machines in its class.

Used Sales

We occasionally have ex hire equipment for sale. All our used equipment is fully serviced and ready to go. 

Did you know we can service your own access platform?

Our 3 Step Process

Whether you want a a scissor lift or a truck mounted unit for a single day or for long term hire, we are here to help, call our sales team today. 


Call our Sales Hotline

Call us today and let our experienced staff help you with your enquiry, prices & specification requests

Vehicle Preparation

Your selected vehicle will be prepared,
ready for either delivery or complete with one of our experienced operatives if required


Our team will be on site, on time with your chosen platform. operation instructions provide you are ready to work!

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How it all began...

The original company of Douglass Rhodes was formed in 1975 by Peter Douglass and Bernard Rhodes, trading from premises at Shaw Heath, Stockport.
The firm subsequently moved to Old Moor Road in Bredbury and became ‘Peter Douglass Platforms ‘.

In 1984 with the number of cherry pickers in the fleet increasing and more staff on the team, the company moved to larger premises at Arden Hall.

Peter Douglass Platforms continued to grow and in 2005 the business moved from Arden Hall to its present and better equipped facility at Hollingworth Road, Bredbury.
The company currently operates with a fleet of over 60 access platforms providing an excellent service to many loyal customers both locally and nationally. 

Our Fleet on site

Some of our current fleet at work

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Don't take our word for it...

Carley Communications Ltd

Carley Communications Ltd is a communications network integration company and offers the complete communications solution to our customers. Part of that solution is data cabling copper and fibre optic, and from time to time we require elevated platforms.

In these competitive times it is very refreshing to deal with a company that cares. We have used the well-known names in the past but on this occasion I required a platform at short notice with an operator.

From the initial contact to finishing the job the whole experience exceeded our expectations. To deal with a company that has the same values as our own and conducts themselves ethically with courtesy and integrity is very refreshing. I have no hesitation in recommending Peter Douglas Platforms to companies or individuals who want and expect quality service.

F.D. Carley


The Real Fire Company

As a family business we pride ourselves on giving our customers the best care and service possible. Recommendation from satisfied customers is an important part of our new business and is itself, complimentary. There are circumstances which require us to acquire independent expertise with very specialised lifting equipment; this then enables us to carry out our work. It is important to us to find that Peter Douglass Platforms shares the same values to provide the very best service of customer care and reliable professionalism that is required. From our initial enquiry to the friendly staff in the office to Martin, an operative on the lifting equipment (who is a particularly nice guy) we will definately use their service again and have no hesitation in recommending their company to anybody requiring a friendly and efficient service.

Mike Jones                         



We have a team of 5 engineers and 3 service vehicles on the road

LOLER Inspections:
We can carry out on site LOLER Inspections or in our well-equipped workshop
Since the introduction of L.O.L.E.R "The lifting operations & lifting equipment regulations" in 1998, it is now a mandatory obligation for any owner of a "access platform", MEWP "Mechanically Elevated Work Platform" or cherry picker to use a generic term, to have a 6 monthly detailed thorough examination carried out by a fully qualified CAP registered engineer and all records to be retained.

Peter Douglass Platforms carry out L.O.L.E.R examination for large rental companies, local authorities, utility companies, tree surgeons etc.

On completion a job sheet / report will be emailed with an additional copy kept in our machine history file for any further reference.

- Hydraulic Ram Repairs
- Aluminium and Steel Cage Repairs
- Hydraulic Hose Manufacture – to include on site
- Boom Refurbishment
- Accident Repairs
- Repairs following failed LOLER Inspections  

PDP is safe, reliable and cost-effective when working at height


Peter Douglass Platforms
Hollingworth Road


Email: hire@peterdouglass.co.uk

Phone: 0161 494 1111


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