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Vertical to Horizontal access


JWI utilising our lifting equipment for one of our valued clients to turn glass security doors from the vertical to the horizontal, allowing access to their final positions through a standard doorway.


Changes at JWI from tomorrow

Sue Waghorn will be retiring as Managing Director becoming Chairman and Finance Director instead.

So to take Jack Waghorn International forward to the future Graham Waghorn has been appointed to be the new Managing Director.

Graham is dedicated to our future success as a business. He has been in the business since 2006 in a variety of different roles which make him highly skilled to lead us forward.

To support Graham in his new role we have promoted Chris Nightingale to be Senior Technical Manager to be responsible for the Technical Managers. Chris, too, has been with the business for a number of years (since 2014 in fact) and is keen to develop his new role.

Sue says that “it has been a pleasure and a privilege to see the company through some difficult years with the death of Jack, the retirement of Jack B and latest but not least Covid. I believe we are now well placed to go forward and that Graham and Chris are the right team to grow the business.”


Offload and positioning of tanks


A successful day offloading and installing our clients new 25000l 25m³ stainless steel waste vessel. Offloading from transport, up righting from the horizontal to the vertical and final positioning within the bunded wall with existing tanks.









Our client commented ‘Vessel lift completed as planned. Good coordination & planning from everyone involved. Adherence to H&S throughout the whole process was spot on. Please pass on our thanks to all the team involved. Fantastic job, one of the best lifts I’ve witnessed.’



We are recruiting an Operations Manager

JWI are looking to make a strategic recruitment of an Operations Manager to work alongside the operations team and continue to develop our successful client base and growing business. The successful candidate will be able to work the majority of their week from home but must be available to attend Head Office in Burgess Hill for 2 days of the week where they will report to the directors.

Please see the advert below for more details.


Job title: Operations Manager

Salary: £50-55k (depending on experience) plus company car

Location: Can be based from home but must be able to attend head office in Burgess Hill for two days a week

Our Business: We are a family owned machinery moving company specialising in clean, high tech and data centre industries with a mission to provide high quality services to demanding purchasers. We aim to provide a high quality of service and have ISO pool and Safe Contractor approvals.

Your role and responsibilities:

  1. To direct and control the company’s operations and operations staff ensuring the company is providing the appropriate services and achieving its business objectives. You will be responsible for managing the Project managers and the Supervisors and Operatives who carry out our projects, together with arranging their training and advising the Directors of any necessary equipment purchases
  2. To take charge of the Company’s health and safety complying with legislation and ensuring the company is a safe place to work and carrying out incident investigations when needed
  3. To establish and maintain day to day links with customers and to run your own portfolio of projects.
  4. You will report to the directors.





Almac – Loughborough


Here at Jack Waghorn International we are continuing to support our pharmaceutical clients through this hard time.

In this project we supplied a contract lift for Almac’s new air handling equipment to supply the clean rooms. Our fully managed contract lift solution included preparing the RAMS, associated lift plans and full management by our CPCS trained personnel allowing Almac to have a single point of contact for the whole project. We supplied a lift supervisor who was also the supervisor for the continuing work skating and positioning the air handling equipment once the crane lift was finished.

Jack Waghorn International landed the equipment using the crane onto the scaffolding deck and skated it into the plantroom. With not much room to pass through the window, we had to be extra careful not to damage any of the equipment.

The equipment was then positioned as per our client’s drawings.

The work was executed to our high standards of professionalism and our client was pleased upon the completion of another successful completion of the project on time and on budget.


MMM Medical Equipment UK Ltd

University of Cambridge

Here at Jack Waghorn International Ltd we have continued to support our NHS and life science clients through this hard time.

We took delivery of a 5000kg Vakulab PL Autoclave chamber at the University of Cambridge as part of their Project Hadar refurbishment. The chamber was delivered on a hi-ab in a very tight road at the back of the university. We slung the machine and lifted it off and landed it onto skates. It was skated across the uneven road up a ramp and through the tight double doors. Once inside the chamber was manoeuvred through the building approximately 20 meters avoiding several pinch points.

The A-Frames were erected over the pit and JWI rotated the chamber through its horizontal axis 90 degrees with a 5mm clearance. the chamber was final positioned in the pit as per the client’s instructions.

Jack Waghorn International Ltd carried out this job while under the COVID 19 rules of 2-metre distancing.


This was a very challenging project due to the restricted headroom and access with lots of planning and a lot of discussions over the phone and on emails. The RAMS was revised a couple of times to suit site rules and to suit COVID 19 rules and regulations.

Karl Wilson Operations Director at University of Cambridge – ‘I would like to thank all involved for their efforts so far and look forward to the successful completion of this project. The facility will be a great addition to the Cambridge Research estate and support shared collaborations.’



JWI are hiring!

Due to continued growth we are looking for an experienced machine moving supervisor to work with our machine moving teams. You will work on a wide range of machinery and plant moving projects. Our machinery moving work is very varied with projects lasting from few days to few weeks.As a machinery moving supervisor with us, you will use your skills in machinery moving and heavy lifting of plant and equipment and your technical expertise as a rigger or slinger/signaller to give our clients a really high quality of service.
About you:
You will be a CPCS qualified slinger/signaller and lift supervisor with a full driving licence plus SSSTS, a forklift licence, working at height, manual handling training or similar and preferably first aid trained. Working with a small friendly team, you will be prepared to travel from our Oldham or Nottinghamshire base to sites across the UK and Europe (transport and hotel provided) and to work weekends when required.
You will have experience in the plant and machinery lift and shift or installation business and will share our priorities of putting our clients’ needs first, appreciating the delicate nature of their plant and machinery and be determined to deliver an excellent service every time.
This is permanent position for people based in the Oldham/ Manchester or Nottinghamshire area prepared to work hard and wanting to develop their careers (further training will be available) with this fast-growing company.
Who we are:
JWI are a family owned machinery moving company specialising in clean and high-tech industries with mission to provide high quality services to demanding purchasers.


Coronavirus (Covid-19)

To all our customers,

We know there are many more questions than answers at this point about the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). We want to let you all know and reassure you that we are doing everything we can and remain focused on delivering our services.
In line with businesses across the UK, JWI is monitoring and following all government advice and working with our colleagues to keep on supplying our services, that our customers rely on, available.
We have introduced steps to allow our staff to work from home where possible, that means you can place your orders, pay invoices, check orders, obtain technical assistance and everything else you would normally do.
We thank our colleagues in our offices and out on site who are working hard to keep our services running.

Graham Waghorn
Operations Director


Offload & Positioning of our client’s “offsite modular solutions”


The project involved loading our client’s “offsite modular solutions” inside the client’s factory and transporting, offloading and positioning them on site at their final destination.

Each module was 9m x 4m x 4m weighing in at approximately 17,000kg. There were 54 modules in total and they are being moved in phases of 18.We had to plan carefully because we were using a mobile crane inside the client’s factory where the roof height was limited. We arranged to carry out the lifts taking advantage of the apex of the roof where the clearance was the greatest.

At the receiving end, access also needed careful planning because there was a steel mezzanine deck above most of the available space. Not only did this restrict the headroom but the space between the deck’s supporting posts in some places was narrower than the module, so planning the route and checking for obstructions was of critical importance.

The first phase was completed successfully with the next phase of a further 18 modules due to start this month.


We’re hiring!

We’re Hiring!

JWI are looking for experienced machine moving operatives and riggers to join our dedicated team.
The role will be busy and varied with work in the UK and across Europe.
Availability for immediate start would be ideal. We are looking for people based in the Manchester/ Leicester area.
If you are interested or for more information please contact Alice at alice@jwieu.com