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Why are machinery hire shops called 'Plant Hire'?


plant hireWhy is a place you can buy machinery called "Plant Hire"? Why do we use the word plant?
Martin, Wembley


Name: Simon, Worcester Park  
Qualification: Architect
Answer: It was originally air conditioning units and was then expanded to cover other machinery used to support buildings. The air conditioning units were used to purify the air in offices and before them, we used to increase the number of plants in an office to do the same thing.   
(James O'Brien: As an architect, I can't compete, but that explanation sounds like a load of codswallop!)

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