About Us 2019-07-25T12:40:33+00:00

D. Turner & Son Operate In Machine Removal And Heavy Machine Lifting Industry

Our expertise and provision of end to end services have assisted thousands of private & public sector organisations in successfully and safely moving a diverse range of heavy machinery, plant & equipment throughout the UK & Europe.

Health, Safety & Risk Management is key to our approach, from the initial planning and negotiation stages, through to the execution and aftercare phases of every project we undertake. Fully accredited to ISO 9001 standards, we have invested heavily in high quality conventional and specialist equipment, and consistently deliver the highest levels in quality and service.

Our diverse team of professionally qualified mechanical, electrical and hydraulic engineers have the necessary expertise that continually reinforces our reputation of excellence in the safe and reliable removal, lifting, transportation & installation of machinery, plant & equipment.

Our customers span a diverse range of industries that include:

Automotive | Manufacturing | Aerospace | Medical | Food | Leisure
Transportation | NHS | Government | Power generation and distribution


David Turner had been interested in lorries since school age and, as a teenager, helped his father in his farming and scrap metal businesses. Seeing an opportunity in the removal and disposal of machinery, David started his own business in Heywood near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in 1965 at the tender age of 21, winching up to 3 tonnes onto the back of a tipper truck. At the time, Britain was manufacturing a large portion of the world’s heavy engineering machinery and so the machine dismantling and machine moving business soon took off.

In 1992, David’s son, Lee, began to work for the company, developing a wide range of skills and a lively interest in the business. Lee soon recognised that the Company would have to diversify to take advantage of changes in the market place.

In 2000, Lee began to take a major role in developing the scope of business operations and has successfully grown the business to what it is today – a highly skilled project team with a broad portfolio of machine relocation services and direct access to a wide range of specialised machine removal and machine installation equipment. The company now has a wealth of experience in a wide range of public and private sector industries. Many of its customers use its services on a regular basis.

We adhere to five core values

Customers Requirements

Our aim is to fully understand and service our customers’ needs and expectations. We are happy to project manage turn-key solutions (as principle contractor) or to provide services in support of another principle contractor. We are always creative, flexible and reactive in response to our customers’ problems.

Health, Safety and Risk Management

We fully recognise that, in our industry, there may be significant risks for people on-site. In addition to the human element, there is time, production, investment and reputation to protect. As such, we maintain a rigorous approach to absolutely minimising the likelihood of hazardous events occurring whether through people or equipment performance.


The long term success of our business depends on creating and maintaining excellent relations with our customers and suppliers. All members of our team endeavour to always do what we say we will do at all stages of negotiation, planning, execution and aftercare and in any project and always take full responsibility for our actions. We try to behave in an open, honest and respectful way to all those people who may be affected by our actions.


We are proud of our team and its members which are our primary asset. We value and continuously develop expertise and commitment to excellent standards of work. We are dedicated to training and qualification of our people and to engendering trust between our staff and our customers and suppliers.


We try to achieve the highest possible quality in delivering our services whether they be in negotiation, planning, execution or aftercare phases. Our recruitment, methods, procedures and training are focussed on doing what we say we will do and achieving what we say we will achieve.


Our vision for the future is to grow our business through the steady development of our capacity and capability as machine movers. This will come from continuous investment in and balanced improvement of our people, our equipment, our plant and our facilities, our standards, our methods, our processes and our working practices and procedures. We will also continue to delight a steadily increasing customer base with our improving performance.

We have a clear route mapped out into the future. This consists of a long-term development strategy and a corresponding and committed business plan. Investment in our people and our plant, equipment and facilities is a major part of this strategic plan.

We are fully committed to Health, Safety & Risk Management, always maintaining high standards with a meticulous approach to:

  • Health and safety planning for projects.
  • Regular and thorough self audits.
  • Regular training, retraining and certification of individuals.
  • Organisational certification (accreditation by Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), Safecontractor, FORS (Silver), CLOCS, ISO 9001)

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‘As always, a swift thank you for the excellent services provided over the long weekend by Turner & Son. The Senior Engineer and his site team were superb in the execution of the equipment and site re-location. Thanks again for the excellent support and professional manner of your site team’

GSK, Manchester

‘Many thanks for moving our dryer at such short notice. Everyone here was very impressed as to how friendly, helpful and professional the team you sent over were’

Loomland, Manchester

‘Your team of engineers have just completed the installation this morning. I just wanted to say that they were superb. The machine was relocated with no hassle or issues and the utmost care was taken at all times. They are a credit to the firm’

M-Solv, Oxford

‘It’s always good to be in receipt of very good service and your staff were truly excellent. They were all very positive, pro-active individuals, nothing was too much for them, and very much appreciated by our site team. I have no doubt we will utilise your services again in the near future and please convey our thanks to all your team, for the excellent service provided’

Pharmaserve (North West) Ltd, Runcorn

‘Can you pass on our thanks to your lads from yesterday please; they delivered above what we were expecting and were more than accommodating with our requests’

Bentley Motors, Crewe

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