JMS platform and street art takes Leeds United to new heights


Leeds United may be about to start its first season in the Premier League since 2004 but it has taken an access platform from JMS to allow the club to reach new heights through street art.

A Niftylift Height Rider 15 articulating cherry picker has been hired from the JMS Leeds depot to allow an artist to create a mural of Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa on a shop in the city.


Life-long fan

The Leeds United Supporters’ Trust (LUST) has commissioned artists to create street murals in the city to celebrate the club’s return to the top flight of English football.

Leeds go to last season’s champions Liverpool for their first game of the season on Saturday 12 September.


One JMS employee who is extremely pleased that the company can support LUST’s street art initiative is Leeds depot service manager Neil Ramsay, a life-long ‘Whites’ fan.

He said: “I didn’t realise we’d hired out the Niftylift HR15 for the mural project. The first thing I saw was the artwork, then I saw a JMS platform was being used to create it so I was doubly pleased.

“As a one club city, there is a lot of excitement about Leeds playing in the Premier League again, and a lot of pride as well, so I am very pleased that JMS can help celebrate this occasion.”

Ideal boom lift

The mural depicts Leeds United’s Argentinian manager, Marcelo Bielsa, who has achieved near God-like status among many fans for leading the club back to the Premier League.


It has been painted onto the side of shop in the Hyde Park area of Leeds. A second large mural, already completed, has another depiction of Bielsa, a third has created a giant club badge and more are in the pipeline.

The mural organisers had the ideal boom lift for the project. The Niftylift HR15 provides a maximum working height of 15.4m and excellent outreach of 9.6m.

It is one of a full range of Niftylift boom lift hire options available from JMS, with maximum working heights from the HR12’s 12.2m to the HR28’s 28m.

Cherry picker choices

The access platform is also designed to be super narrow. It is just 1.5m wide, so can be used with greater ease in confined spaces, such as areas close to public pavements, as was the case here.

JMS can supply the Niftylift HR15 cherry picker with diesel power only, or as a hybrid platform, with both diesel and electric power available and working together, if necessary.

The access platform’s basket also has a 225kg safe working load. That adds up to two artists, if necessary, and a lot of cans of spray paint – so no one can doubt that Leeds United are back at the top.

Find out more about boom lift hire from JMS. Call 0845 457 000 or email