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 Road 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 new homes. 

The Bennet Road service centre will offer the firm’s full range of lifting and survey equipment, from hoists and gantries to scissor lifts and mast booms. The store will also provide hire services for small tools, fencing and plant equipment, including excavators and trailers. The Reading expansion is the latest in Speedy's multi-million-pound investment drive, and follows recent growth in Swindon, Doncaster and Bury St Edmunds.

Dave Cummings, area manager for the South Coast, 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 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.”