At Sheridan Lifts, our team of qualified engineers install efficient service lifts to a range of different buildings across the UK, including hotels, restaurants, retail shops, offices, warehouses and more.

There’s a wide range of service lifts on today’s market, with each designed to accommodate and fit different uses. When you get in touch with our team, we will talk you through the best option for your needs.

Popular smaller service lifts include dumbwaiters and trolley lifts, whilst larger-scale lifts, often found in factories, warehouses and hospitals, are also covered by our experienced team of project managers and engineers.

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What Are Service Lifts?

Put simply, a service lift is a lift that carries goods between floors in a place of business. Depending on the type of business, the scale of the lift’s capacity may need to change. For example, in restaurants, a small dumbwaiter is likely to be required to transport plates from floor to floor, whereas in a warehouse, a larger service lift that can manage a far greater weight may be required to transport heavy equipment such as pallets or trolleys.

There are many reasons you would need to install a service lift. As a business, no matter what sector, a service lift can help you meet manual handling regulations and health and safety requirements. A service lift can help to make your workplace more efficient, increase productivity and allow you to deliver better service to your customers.

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Are There Different Types of Service Lifts?

Unlike passenger lifts, which – as you’d expect – are the typical lift you see designed to carry people between floors, the purpose of a service lift is more geared towards moving goods of some description. Because of this, service lifts vary from passenger lifts in the level of standards required.

At Sheridan Lifts, we are a fully affiliated member of LEIA (Lift & Escalator Industry Association) and ensure that all of our service lift installations are carried out to the highest industry standard. For goods and service lifts, they come in a few main types – each one suited to specific requirements.

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A dumbwaiter, often referred to as a kitchen lift, is most commonly used in restaurants to transport plates from one floor to another. These service lifts are also of great benefit to schools, hospitals, and retirement homes, for example, as they provide an efficient and safe way to transport small goods.

The dumbwaiters we install at Sheridan Lifts can carry either 50kg or 100kg in weight up two or three floors and can be adjusted to fit your building.


Cargo Lift

A cargo lift or mezzanine lift, often found in a warehouse, is a vertical platform lift that is able to transport heavy goods, such as sizeable trolleys, construction materials and pallets. These heavy-duty lifts are great for factories, warehouses and in large retail stores as, due to their spacious design, they allow users to move goods alone or on crates, trolleys or pallets safely and efficiently between two or more floors.

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Platform Lift

When you need to move products from your warehouse to your shop floor, our platform lifts offer complete customisation to suit your specifications. They come with a variety of platform sizes and entrance configurations, with the lift platform providing safe movement for goods. For those with a platform lift already installed, it is worth checking out our lift maintenance packages, which will provide your platform lift with the upkeep and care that such an integral piece of technology deserves.

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Trolley Lift

A trolley lift is an ideal solution for moving around small goods, pallets, and – you guessed it – trolleys. Despite being less heavy-duty than a much larger platform lift, these lifts are still sizeable and suit commercial settings. They generally serve up to six floors, similar to dumbwaiters, but they are slightly slower, with an average speed of 0.17 m/sec.

When you choose a service lift from Sheridan Lifts you are buying a reliable, complete and high-quality lift service.



At Sheridan Lifts, we don’t just supply and install lifts – we also keep them running, with the flexibility and consideration you need to avoid disrupting your business. Regular lift maintenance is incredibly important to ensure the safe and smooth running of your lifts, as well as to prevent dangerous and often costly breakdowns. Lift maintenance is a very strong preventative measure and should be carried out regularly to catch any minor issues before they escalate.

From a legal standpoint, any passenger lift needs to be inspected at least every six months. If the lift is only used for goods, then it must be inspected at least every 12 months. If you already have a lift installed, it is worth getting in touch or checking out our lift maintenance packages to ensure you’re never left in the lurch with a lift breakdown.

Service lifts are used in most workplaces where goods need transporting across floors. Hospitals, hotels, warehouses, factories and restaurants are all common places for a service lift to be installed. They are designed to make the day-to-day operations within a company more efficient. However, it isn’t just companies that have service lifts installed; some larger residential properties, like care homes, have these types of lifts installed too.

Service lifts are designed primarily for the transportation of goods. For example, a dumbwaiter is a relatively small lift as it will likely only be used to move plates and dining equipment between floors – as such, it is not for people. Also, as their primary purpose is not for public use, these lifts often do not have to meet the same level of standards required of passenger lifts. When people are factored in, the safety requirement is, as you’d expect, often higher due to the level of risk involved for public safety.

Service Lift Installations

At Sheridan Lifts, our team of engineers have been installing lifts since 1979 – that’s a fair few years that have seen an impressive track record of satisfied customers. So, if you’re looking for a new lift installation, you’ve come to the right place!

Our team has a wealth of knowledge and will work with you to create a bespoke solution to suit your lift requirements. We will stay on hand throughout the project to ensure the entire installation process runs smoothly. Our family-run company is a fully affiliated member of LEIA (Lift & Escalator Industry Association), and we carry all required certifications to undertake approved lift installation works. 

Where possible, we try to make all installations as disruption-free as possible, ensuring you can continue to look after your customers and continue your work with ease.

Get in Touch

At Sheridan Lifts, we’re highly experienced in lift installation all across the UK. Choosing the right lift for your building – one that ticks all the boxes of its intended use – is the first step in any project we do. Designing the lift and incorporating that design into the wider building plans is one of the most important steps. There are many different types of lift, all of which have their own specific requirements when it comes to both the construction of the lift and the construction of the building itself – not every building layout will accommodate every lift type, which is why we carry out a full assessment and can advise you accordingly. 

Our team of experts are always available to give advice on any service lift project, no matter the scale – don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will arrange your lift quote. Get your next project started with Sheridan Lifts today!

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