Robust temporary power solutions
Why choose us?
Our family business launched in 1950 and was one of the first providers of temporary power hire in the UK. More than 70 years later, we are still offering customers exceptional service and expertise. Organisations in the UK and around the world trust us and the full range of power solutions
Eight decades of experience
Not many providers have been in the business as long as us. Across eight decades we’ve built the experience and knowledge to offer full-service power solutions. Our teams are adept at responding quickly to solve even the most complex challenges.
A specialist team for every challenge
We’re not just providers of generators, we have the resources and expertise to provide a full service to the highest standards. From the moment you call us, we will work with you to provide a range of solutions that get you to your goal.
We have a large range of generators and an in-house transport fleet for rapid delivery. With an expert team, we can cover all areas of power supply, including project management, delivery, installation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance.
Flexible and reliable power solutions
Our customers face different challenges and we have the resources to respond. Our large fleet of hire generators and ancillary products ranges from 20kVA to 2100kVA. Synchronising is available on our generator hire sets from 100kVA to 2100kVA units, giving you options up to 25MW of combined power outage.
Rapid response and delivery
We can react to emergency outages immediately thanks to our in-house transport fleet. With our quick and reliable delivery service, you’ll minimise downtime.
Challenging terrain is not a problem for us. Our fleet includes John Deere Gators and Land Rover Defenders for hard-to-reach and remote areas as well as 56-ton special lift crane mounted lorries and articulated lorries.
24/7 remote monitoring
Remote monitoring telemetry is available on all of our generators and energy storage systems. You can track key performance information, including fuel levels, efficiency, maintenance requirements and system alerts.
With full remote access to generators, you can monitor your generator and control the genset at all times, ensuring continuous power reliability.
Our software is compatible with most modern generators, even when we’re not the supplier.
Investing in a cleaner, greener world
We have a longer-term vision to transition to a climate-neutral position through our investment decisions. Our power generation equipment currently plays a vital role in renewable energy creation due to its dependability.
As more green power solutions prove to be reliable, cost-effective and available at scale, we will offer them to our customers. Our clean power provision currently includes hybrid energy storage systems and gas generators.
The Woodlands Tree Planting Pledge was launched as part of our commitment to lowering our carbon impact. For each generator hire, one tree is purchased, planted and maintained on a farm in the Cotswolds. We are involved in creating and agreeing the planting schedule as part of our Pledge; all the trees we select and plant are UK native species and typical of the regional landscape.
Generating a legacy
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Woodlands Worcestershire is founded by civil engineer Fred Preece as a plant hire business.
The company expands and starts to specialise in civil engineering. In 1964, Ray and Joan Preece, Fred’s children, take over the day-to-day operation of the business.
The year of the power crisis and the year that the generator arm of the business is born. Woodlands receives its first enquiry for a temporary power generator.
In response to increasing demand, Woodlands offers generator hire for the first time. As orders multiply, the business decides to focus on temporary power generation.
Woodlands pioneers the offering of diesel generators complete with sound-proofed enclosures. This marks a revolution in generator rental.
Woodlands solely powers the island of Grenada for two years.
Woodlands is asked to power Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in July. An estimated audience of 1.9 billion people, across 150 nations – nearly 40% of the world population – watches the broadcast live. It is one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time.
During the construction of the Channel Tunnel, Woodlands supplies the power generator for the tunnel boring machine’s standby power system. At 31.4 miles long, the tunnel is the 13th longest tunnel in use today, and the fourth longest used by rail passengers. It has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world, at 23.5 miles.
Woodlands provides the power for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. The Summer Games were the first since the end of the Cold War, and the first unaffected by boycotts since the 1972 Summer Games.
Woodlands secures the contract to power the Royal Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarine across most of western Europe.
Woodlands mobilises its largest ever multi-megawatt temporary power plant to Bermuda, in support of MOD operations, and provides the power for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Woodlands celebrates its 50th anniversary, at the turn of the millennium.
Woodlands signs its first contract with Hispano Italiana de Motores Industriales SA (HIMOINSA) for a multi-megawatt standby generator plant for a data centre in Scotland. Woodlands is now a premier partner of HIMOINSA, part of the Yanmar group. Jack Preece, Fred’s grandson, joins the business.
As part of its ongoing relationship with HIMOINSA, Woodlands commences the renewal of its hire fleet with the HIMOINSA Rental Range of super silent generators. The fleet size increases by 45%.
Woodlands moves to its new, purpose-built HQ on a four-acre site in Evesham, Worcestershire.
Woodlands marks its 70th anniversary by revealing a revitalised company identity – Woodlands Power.