Welcome to our website where we can help you work safely at height while carrying out your high level tasks.

We are Harrogate Access Platforms Ltd. and hire Access Platforms, sometimes called Cherry Pickers or Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPS). Choose from our all-embracing three options

Option One - Self Hire

If you have received IPAF training, can arrange your own insurance and are confident that you can operate the platform then this may be your option.

Option Two - Operated Hire

If you want to carry out the work yourself but are not experienced or confident in operating a platform then we can provide a qualified, trained operator.

Option Three - Complete job

As well as being trained operators of a platform we are skilled in many of the areas where work needs to be carried out at height such as painting, pointing, ridge tile replacement, tile refitting, window cleaning, gutter repair/cleaning, power cleaning, chimney pointing, lead dressing and roof cleans

Contact us to find out how our access platforms can help you carry out your work safely and effectively without the risks associated with ladders or scaffolding.

Phone: 07903 535771

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Working at height is defined by the HSE as:-

work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. You are working at height if you:

  • work above ground/floor level
  • could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
  • could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground
Andrew Reynoldson
Andrew Reynoldson
15:00 09 Aug 22
Over the past 5 years Robbie and his team have been our “go to” for all roof repairs and gutter maintenance.Highly... knowledgeable, experienced and his professional attitude are just a few of his attributes.Robbies’s quality of work is consistently reliable, his reports include before and after photos and he ensures H&S remains his top priorityread more
Andy O'Brien
Andy O'Brien
19:54 10 Jan 22
Excellent service from start to finish! Used Robbie to fit commercial Christmas decorations. He was so helpful... throughout the day & really got stuck in with the fitting of the decorations which included 3 x 3 metre bauble trees and thousands of commercial grade lights. He really couldn't have been more helpful. For this type of work I think he offers exceptional value. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Robbie!read more
David Whan
David Whan
08:30 01 Sep 21
Rob and his team did a first class job re pointing the ridge tiles on my roof He sent excellent pre and post pictures... clearly showing the defects and repairs which gave me full confidence in works done that I cant see from the ground. Rob was completely upfront that the roof repairs could be done for less cost by a man on ladder but I was much happier paying the premium to know the people working on my roof were safe, had better access and got the job done in a fraction of the time. I'm really happy that come winter my roof is now sound thanks to HGP.read more
Rob Burns
Rob Burns
09:30 21 Sep 20
We live in a 3 storey victorian terrace house with limited access. We had a leaking chimney and facias and soffits that... needed painting. It's too high to work from a ladder so we thought that we may need to pay for scaffolding.Harrogate Access Platforms had the perfect platform to be able to access our roof from outside of the garden. They were only here for one day and worked flat out without a lunch break to repair our chimney and prepare and paint our facias/soffits. As the platform is charged on a day rate this saved us money. If the job had run into a second day then the costs would have increased significantly.They were helpful and friendly and did a great job. They sent me a report with photos a few days later showing the work that had been undertaken.read more
Peter Holt
Peter Holt
07:06 14 Sep 20
A great job done in a professional and friendly way. Happy to recommend
powm hrgt
powm hrgt
11:32 13 Sep 20
The challenges of managing a 200 year old apartment building are immense. When the westerly winds drive rain and snow... across The Stray, ours is the first building in its path. So we never know when or where problems with our roof are going to arise. Over the last 2 years Harrogate Access Platforms have helped us with every aspect of managing our roof, gutters and high stone ledges. Robbie is not only hard working and a joy to work with, he has taken on the role of looking after our roof, being proactive and always surveying the building for issues. We now feel we are on the front foot instead of reacting. We have tried using roofers with fixed scaffolding but this only addresses leaks we know about, only problems related to the roof and only in one place. Plus they leave anchor holes in the stone walls causing more leaks. The flexibility the platform gives us is immense and Robbie's skills enable him to tackle anything he sees, from replacing slates, flaunching, pointing stonework, adding cowls for chimneys, clearing gutters and removing damaging moss. We simply couldn't manage without him.read more
Ian Charters
Ian Charters
09:46 18 Aug 20
Really helpful and professional service and workmanship.
Bruce Fowler
Bruce Fowler
12:15 30 Dec 19
I have used Harrogate Access Platforms many times over the last several years and have no hesitation in recommending... them for any project, in fact I wouldn't use anyone else. Robbie is a joy to work with, proactive, highly competent, reliable and a true team player.read more
Steve Cooper
Steve Cooper
14:32 11 May 19
We have a house on a narrow road with a 1:5 gradient and needed a third storey dormer window frame painting. Our... decorator had completed painting the rest of the house but refused to do this window unless we hired scaffolding. We hired Robbie and his platform instead. He managed to get his platform up the steep narrow road, put down wooden blocks to avoid damaging our drive's surface and carried out the preparation and painting of the window frame and surrounding timber in no more time than it took each coat to dry.It was a job well done.I have to admit to a connection to Robbie though. I am his webmaster but there is no bias or favouritism to this review.read more
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Why Access Platforms?

Lights installation using an access platform/cherry pickerLegislation on Working at Height has been aimed at improving safety and reducing casualties. This has inevitably meant moving away from the use of ladders to the use of more stable structures such as scaffolding and access platforms. However there are a number of advantages of Access Platforms over scaffolding.

  • Less preparation time
  • Improved security, as an access platform is on site for the minimum time reducing the vulnerability of upper floor windows.
  • Self-powered with the use of an onboard engine or battery powered for indoor use. Caterpillar tracks reduce the load on made-up surfaces while the use of boards spreads the load on softer surfaces.
  • No requirement to make good surfaces into which the scaffolding has been keyed.

In addition access platforms can easily be levelled and have inbuilt stability protection. For example, the bucket cannot be moved beyond the point of balance of the platform.

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As members of IPAF we ensure that cherry picker hirers are qualified to operate our equipment. If that is not the case we can provide a member of our own trained staff to assist our customers at an agreed rate.

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Safe Contractor approved

We were recently audited by Alcumus and were certified as a Safe Contractor.

Read about Alcumus below

Alcumus is the market-leading provider of technology-enabled compliance risk management, certification and accreditation services, supporting both UK and International clients with their Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC) and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) strategies.

We support our clients to manage their exposure to risk, comply with the latest legislation, improve business performance and encourage workforce engagement. Our customers choose us for our considerable industry experience, sector specialisms and the breadth of support we provide through  technology and our people.

Super-hot powered Stone Cleaning Machine

Using state of the art technology with our super hot water/steam power stone cleaning machine we can carry out the following tasks:-

  • Stone building cleans
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Chewing Gum Removal
  • Paint/Mortar Stain Removal.
  • Rendered building cleans.
  • Cladding Cleaning
  • Roof Cleaning.
  • Car Parks/Pavements
  • Driveways
The machine can attain temperatures up to 150 degrees and is less abrasive than using sand blasting equipment.
No need for scaffold as we have our own 18.75m Tracked Access Platform to carry out high level works if required.

Having your roof cleaned can enhance the appearance of your home or business premises.

The roof is generally the biggest cost on most properties but only gets attention when there is an issue or problem.

Having your roof cleaned of years of build up of grime, muck and moss will prolong the life of your roof by many years.

Moss causes numerous problems mainly due to its capacity to hold up to 4 times its own weight in water causing stress on tiles, ridges, channels, battens and joists.

Moss can also freeze in the winter months causing damage to tiles, ridges  and mortar.

Once we have cleaned the roof we apply a biocide formula which is sprayed onto the roof and helps protect against and slow down any future re-growth.
We can also provide provision for fixing any broken tiles, ridges or gutters that may need attention.

It is this time of year people start looking to carry out maintenance on their properties after winter weather has taken its toll.
High level painting from our Tracked Access Platform can save companies the high cost of using scaffold.
We can get our machine through a standard 3ft gate and only need 12ft in which to be able to set up the platform.
We can then carry out any high level tasks from painting through to roofing, fixing chimneys, leaks, guttering etc up to 18.75 metres high.
We cater for many Commercial Clients from MODs, Councils, Hotels,Landlords, Housing Associations but also domestic Clients.
If you would like to use your own qualified contractors to carry out the tasks required we can also offer a hire price for just the Platform on a daily rate to include drop off and pick up service.
Day Rate will be classed as 8 hours onsite.
We also design special packages for painters who wish to hire the machine for more than 1 day (POA)

Roofing services

Fixing tiles, ridges, guttering/gutter cleaning, solar panel cleans are all part of our roofing services.

if you bear in mind that the large light-coloured tile in one of the images above was FOUR storeys up, you can quickly work out the savings of our roofing services compared to the erection of scaffolding to fix ONE tile.



Our new 33 metre platform

Harrogate Access Platforms welcomes our new addition the 33 metre Platform Basket spider. 33m straight up or 17m and 15.5m of outreach. Should you require a machine like this, it can be hired out with an operator. Contact HAP for details

Working at height made easy

Working at height made easy.   Platform Basket 33m Hybrid Spider Lift working at 7 stories high carrying out high level maintenance.   Should you have a requirement for a machine with this capabilities then contact Harrogate Access Platforms.   Can reach 11 stories up and can give 15.5m of outreach at 17m