Choosing the Right Lift For Your Lift Project

The first step of the process when it comes to installing a new lift is designing the lift and incorporating that design into the wider building plans. There are many different types of lift, all of which have their own specific requirements when it comes to both construction of the lift, and sometimes construction of the building itself.

One of the most recognisable and popular types of lift, passenger lifts have applications in a huge number of buildings and sectors. From office buildings to industrial plants to shopping centres, residential buildings, leisure centres, hospitals, public buildings, hotels and hostels, schools, colleges and education facilities, passenger lifts improve accessibility, make life easier for building users and can help to provide a premium service!

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Platform lifts are generally designed specifically with accessibility in mind. Platform lifts are ideal for wheelchair users or users with impaired mobility, and increase accessibility in your building. In some cases, platform lifts are a legal requirement where ramps or other accessibility features can’t be installed. However, improving accessibility is a priority for many companies today, and platform lifts provide an excellent solution. Platform lifts are particularly useful for use in areas with a mezzanine or “half floors”, where placing ramps isn’t always possible.

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Service lifts are usually found in commercial or industrial applications, rather than residential buildings. Service lifts are designed to help move bulky and heavy goods such as trolleys, pallets and roll-cages. Service lifts are commonly found in settings such as care homes, hospitals, warehouses, distribution plants, hotels, commercial kitchens, and retail stores.

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Dumbwaiter or automatic service lifts are ideal for transporting smaller goods than service lifts. Again, they’re usually found in commercial and industrial applications, and are particularly popular in commercial kitchens, restaurants and cafes. They’re also used commonly in large buildings such as hospitals and hotels in order to provide a quick and efficient service and make the lives of your staff considerably easier.

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Glass lifts help to add a truly modern and high-end appearance to both passenger lifts, but also building projects as a whole. Glass lifts are an ideal choice as they blend more seamlessly with the interiors of your building, and also offer users a view out over the structure as the travel upwards, which can be a truly stunning experience.

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At Sheridan Lifts, we are one of the nation’s specialists when it comes to car lifts in multi-storey and residential car parks. Car lifts offer developers the potential to improve the efficiency and capacity of car parks, often by a significant margin, so can be an excellent investment. The team at Sheridan Lifts specialise in the installation of car lifts in these applications.

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For organisations and projects looking to meet environmental targets, we are able to offer energy-saving lifts to help you reduce your carbon footprint and meet your business goals. Our energy-efficient lifts meet or exceed the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) requirements, and we provide the highest energy efficiency on the UK market.

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We often speak to clients who are struggling to install a standard lift, due to restrictions in their current building or having very specific requirements from their project. This may include flagship new builds, home lifts with difficult architecture or listed buildings, for example. At Sheridan Lifts, we are specialists in working on bespoke lift projects, and have the knowledge and understanding required to not just fit standard lift models, but also offer solutions in projects where this isn’t possible.

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Our scenic lifts can be customised to meet the specific requirements of your facility to create a beautiful and seamless appearance to your lift interiors and exteriors. Our custom-designed scenic lift features include glazed-in panels with stainless steel frames, and fine floor finishes such as marble and granite, for the ultimate in luxury and aesthetics.

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We also offer lift leasing services, which allow our clients to take a more cost-effective approach to their lift projects. Lift leasing allows you to get the same quality products and services as a traditional lift installation, but with payments spread over a longer period of time to prevent high upfront costs.

Sheridan Lifts provides high-quality services while also maintaining competitive pricing for its customers. Whether you need a lift for your residential property, your business, or your industrial facility, our sales team will walk you through all the options available to you.

To determine the right type of lift for your needs, our team will also discuss the scope of your project with you, and offer transparent and comprehensive pricing and quotes as part of this initial discussion.

Pricing for your lift can be affected by many factors, including:

  • The type of lift or lifts required for your project
  • The number of lifts included in the project
  • The number of floors that the lift will service
  • The number of users that the lift will service
  • The type of users that the lift will service (industrial & goods vs. residential users, for example)
  • The dimensions of the lift and lift shaft
  • The weight capabilities needed to ensure that the lift remains safe
  • The dimensions of the existing building, or the planned dimensions of a new build
  • If planning permission is required, or the lift is being placed in a listed building
  • Any industry-specific requirements that would require additional consideration during the design or installation phase

Working with Sheridan Lifts on Your Lift Installation Project

Sheridan Lifts is proud to be one of the largest independent lift installation companies in the UK, with over 40 years of experience and three generations worth of knowledge and insight. Over the years we’ve built a truly expert team who are dedicated to the work we do, and together we’re all striving to create a top-class experience for our lift installation clients.


When you work with Sheridan, you’ll have support whenever you need it, whether that’s through the design process or just when it comes to lift installation services, and we regularly go above and beyond to ensure that our clients’ projects are a success overall, not just when it comes to our part of the process.

Our Lift Industry Memberships and Accreditations

The team at Sheridan are always looking to grow, expand, and develop our skills to stay ahead of the curve. For this reason, we’re always looking for ways to enhance our skills and ways of working. We have a range of accreditations and industry qualifications to back up our commitment to quality work and service, including:

  • SMAS Worksafe Accreditation
  • SafeContractor Accreditation
  • LEIA (Lift and Escalator Industry Association) Membership
  • ISO 90012015 Certification
  • ISO 140012015 Certification
  • ConstructionLine Gold Membership
  • CHAS Premium Plus Accreditation

Our Lift Industry Membership & Accreditations


SMAS Worksafe Accreditation

Safe Contractor Approved

SafeContractor Accreditation


ISO 14001 2015 Certification

LiftCert ISO9001

ISO 9001 2015 Certification


ConstructionLine Gold Membership


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Why Choose Sheridan Lifts?


We are a fully affiliated member with LEIA (Lift & Escalator Industry Association) and we carry all required certification to undertake approved lift installation works.


Customers are assured of peace of mind that all lift installations are undertaken with due diligence and project management whilst products used boast of being completely open protocol ensuring the ease of future maintenance and fault finding.


We can also offer extended warranties of up to five years. This means that you’ll have peace of mind that our products are built to last, and you and can be assured of the quality of your lift.

What Else?

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We are contactable 24 hrs a day via a dedicated UK based phone number


We have engineers and lift technicians situated throughout the UK

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We are a family run and managed business offering a more personable service focused on the needs of our customers


Longevity and loyalty – some of our longest serving clients have been on our books for 30 years. If that isn’t testament to our services, then nothing is!

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Case Studies

Kellogg’s GB

We are currently working with our long standing, highly valued client Kellogg’s GB at their factory site in Greater Manchester. Throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the site