How Much Does a Passenger Lift Cost?

One of the most common questions we hear here at Sheridan Lifts is ‘How much does a passenger lift cost?’. Great question, but not always the easiest one to answer!

To put an approximate figure on how much a Passenger Lift may cost is somewhat insurmountable. Whilst a passenger lift may look like just a box that travels vertically up and down, the products themselves are complex and can vary in numerous different ways – all of which affect the final cost of the project. At Sheridan Lifts, we offer a range of products and services surrounding passenger lifts, to give out customers cost-effective solutions to their vertical transport needs, all done with their budgets in mind. 

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the main factors that affect how much a passenger lift costs, what goes into a lift project quote and how Sheridan Lifts can help you get your new lift installation projects off the ground. Keep reading or get in touch with our friendly sales team to find out more!

Firstly, What is a Passenger Lift?

Passenger lifts are some of the most common types of lifts you can find and are used to transport people between floors in buildings. There are millions of different types of passenger lifts, and they can be found in buildings up and down the country.

Passenger lifts are a fantastic option for any building owner looking to increase accessibility, improve the flow of foot traffic, provide luxurious travel routes for users, and increase the value of their property. The need for passenger lifts in the UK is also ever-growing, with more and more multi-storey buildings being constructed within major cities and towns across the UK. Of course, with more high-rise buildings, more passenger lifts are needed! Installing a Passenger Lift within a building provides an easy, stylish way of travelling between floors.

Types of Passenger Lifts

There are many different types of passenger lifts that the team at Sheridan Lifts can help you install, each with its advantages and drawbacks. Some of the passenger lift types we work with on a regular basis include:

  • Passenger Lifts
  • Goods Passenger Lifts
  • Scenic Lifts
  • Glass Lifts
  • Bespoke Lifts
  • Energy-Saving Lifts
  • High-Speed Elevators
  • Platform Lifts
  • Home Lifts
  • Stair Lifts
  • Step Lifts
  • Through Floor Lifts

Passenger lifts can be found in many different locations, including high-rise residential buildings, multi-storey homes, car parks, offices, shops and shopping centres, hospitals and medical practices, schools and universities, industrial buildings – the list goes on and on!

The requirements of lifts in all of these different applications can be very different, which will all affect the answer to the question “how much does a passenger lift cost?” 

So, How Much Do Passenger Lifts Cost?

Passenger lift prices can vary depending on the size, travel and capacity of the lift. For example an 8-person, 630 KG lift will be cheaper than a 21-person, 1600 KG lift. A lift travelling over 20 stops will likely cost more than a lift travelling 4 stops. Alongside the lift itself, installation and labour costs are also taken into consideration and the same theory applies here – the more work required in the project, the more expensive you can expect your passenger lift installation to be.

Some common factors that affect the price of a passenger lift include:

  • The number of lifts to be installed
  • The size of lifts to be installed
  • The number of lift stops
  • The type of lifting mechanism
  • If any additional safety features are required
  • If any additional accessibility features are required
  • Whether any energy-efficiency mechanisms are to be installed
  • The type of lighting in the lift
  • The type of controls used in the lift
  • The speed of the lift
  • The shape of the lift cabin
  • The materials and colour palettes that make up the lift cabin (plastic, metal, glass etc.)
  • The materials that make up the lift interior (metal, glass, wood, linoleum, marble, carpet etc.)

The Installation Process for a Passenger Lift

When you first enquire about a passenger lift, our expert sales team will work with you to understand your needs, and put together a quote based on the project requirements. Our initial quote includes the estimated costs of parts, labour, time and installation costs on the part of the Sheridan Lifts team, but this can change depending on the scope of the project. Of course, if additional work and costs are required later on in the project, your project manager will discuss this with you at the earliest possible time.

Passenger lift installations are a process that requires an exceptional amount of knowledge, collaboration, and expertise on the part of your lift engineer, but also with any builders or designers that are involved in the project. In new builds and commercial buildings, there will likely be costs associated with building work as well as the cost of the lift installation. In a new build project, the Sheridan Lifts team will start by working with the architects and builders to ensure the lift shaft is built to appropriate standards, and everything needed to install the lift is in place. 

Then, the lifting mechanisms will be installed. There are several different lift mechanisms available, and the right one for your project will depend on the lift location, the number of floors the lift covers, the lift speed and the size of the lift shaft. Our expert team will always offer our honest recommendations about which type of lift mechanism is the best for your project, as well as more cost-effective alternatives if needed.

While this is happening, the lift car will be made up (this can be done onsite or offsite, depending on the needs of the project).

Finally, the lift car will be installed last and linked up to the lifting mechanisms. Our team will carry out all the required testing and checks to ensure the safety of the lift, and then it’s ready to use!

Does the passenger lift cost include delivery?

Yes, included with all our passenger lift costs is the delivery of the lift onto the site. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that we keep our delivery costs down as much as possible and reduce the impact of this on the project end cost. In some cases (often when it comes to bespoke lift installations) where special mechanisms or parts are needed, delivery can become a significant expense, due to the shipping costs involved. However, at Sheridan Lifts we will always include our delivery within our final price, so you don’t get any nasty surprises!

Are there any ongoing costs?

Passenger lifts are fairly easy and affordable to maintain if you regularly inspect them for damage. Older lifts are more likely to develop issues than newer ones, so you need to make sure they are seen by an expert sooner rather than later if you want to avoid having to replace them early. Common repairs include fixing broken parts, aligning them properly, and cleaning them up. You’ll usually be able to spot telltale signs that your lift needs some repair work done. Getting any issues noticed early could both prevent further damage and cost less than fixing it later.

At Sheridan Lifts, we offer a range of lift maintenance packages to help make sure you’re getting the most out of your lift, and that it lasts as long as possible before it needs to be repaired, refurbished or replaced. To find out more about lift maintenance, take a look at our maintenance services or our lift safety guide!

Are you able to give me a cost for a Passenger Lift?

Of course! Here at Sheridan Lifts work on a significant number of different lift installation, repair, and maintenance projects every day. Every month our team quotes over 100 projects requiring the expertise of the Sheridan Lifts team, and are happy to provide quotations to new and existing customers if you have an upcoming or ongoing lift project! 

Please feel free to contact our friendly sales team on 0330 175 9132, via the contact form on our website, or by emailing