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Heavy Crane Hire

With up to 1,200te capacity, Synergy Lifting supply heavy crane hire and fully managed contract lifts on projects across a range of sectors throughout the UK.

About our heavy crane hire service

Synergy Lifting’s heavy crane hire projects division have access to cranes with lifting capacities up to 1,200te. With decades of experience in the heavy crane hire field, we are able to offer a first-class contract lift service with detailed method statements, risk assessments and lift plans to ensure all lifting operations run safely and efficiently. Our heavy crane hire projects division can provide solutions for a variety of lifting requirements across the UK – lifting heavy machinery through the roof of a factory, lifting boats out of the water, dismantling redundant plants, the list goes on…

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    What is included in our heavy crane hire service?

    At Synergy Lifting, we take great pride in presenting a customised package for heavy crane hire that caters to your precise requirements. Our all-inclusive approach ensures your project will run smoothly and effectively. Prioritizing safety and precision, our team of experts adeptly manages the heavy crane hire process. We emphasise adherence to regulations and maintain thorough documentation, streamlining the project management procedure to deliver excellence.

    Heavy Crane Hire Coverage

    Our heavy crane hire projects division operate across the UK. Whether working on chemical plants, working in factories, or working at any other type of site, we are able to offer a well coordinated heavy crane hire service with an emphasis on health and safety. By utilising resources distributed across the UK, we are able to offer a much more competitive price and create cost savings that we pass on to our clients.

    Heavy Crane Hire Capacities

    We are able to provide heavy cranes up to 1,200te capacity across the UK. From short one day hires for single lifts to long term projects, our heavy crane hire division are able to provide a service that is bespoke to each client’s circumstances. We pride ourselves on offering a full package service with a hands on approach from the initial site visit through to the lifting operations and demobilisation.

    Heavy Crane Hire Lift Plans

    Our team of professionals includes CAD drafters and experienced appointed persons so we are able to provide clients with detailed lift plans. As with all our contract lifts, we aim to achieve efficient, cost effective safe working methods. If we can reduce heavy crane hire costs through the use of alternative lifting methods and setups, we always pass this cost-saving onto our client.

    What sectors do we provide heavy crane hire to?

    Our heavy crane hire team are working in a range of sectors across the UK, find out what we can do for you.


    Synergy Lifting supply crane hire and other services on sites across the UK. From lifting pallets of materials to installing modular units. Synergy Lifting have worked on small sites for local builders and large sites for main contractors. We also work with modular manufacturers and to date we have lifted over 600 prefabricated modules on sites across the UK.

    HVAC Equipment

    Synergy Lifting work with both manufacturers and installers of heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. We offer a number of services including offloading, lifting, shifting, and positioning HVAC equipment. As a registered Upper Tier Waste Carrier, we are also able to remove and dispose of redundant HVAC equipment from site too.

    Networks and Telecommunications

    With years of experience in the telecom sector, Synergy Lifting are able to offer a range of services including logistics, lifting and handling, storage, and traffic management for both the installation of new telecom equipment and the disposal of redundant telecom equipment. With nationwide coverage, we can act as a single point of contact for these services.

    Industrial Equipment

    Synergy Lifting offer a complete range of services for both suppliers and installers of industrial machinery and equipment – from storage to transport, lifting, installing, and relocating. We have experience working with heavy machinery (such as presses, milling machines, lathes etc.) and equipment (such as conveyors, screens, towers etc.).


    Synergy Lifting offer heavy machine moving services to companies in different stages of the supply chain for the automotive sector. Our heavy machine moving team have assisted with repairs to machinery and equipment and also helped with the installation of new machinery into assembly line productions for companies involved in the automotive sector.


    Synergy Lifting are experienced providers of a range of services in the aerospace sector. For example, we have carried out the installation of overhead cranes and industrial scissor lifts at Airbus. We have also carried out dismantling works at British Aerospace and removed redundant equipment from manufacturing facilities in the aerospace sector.


    At Synergy Lifting we have worked on ports to provide on-board deliveries by crane and we have even worked to dismantle redundant dockside cranes. We also regularly lift different sized boats onto transport and cradles or into the water. With our usual special care taken, we recently lifted a ‘priceless’ 100 year old boat that had undergone restoration.


    Synergy Lifting regularly work in close proximity to rail lines and have worked with firms in the rail sector to assist with a wide range of equipment installation and heavy lifts. We have lifted engines out of locomotives for restoration purposes, disposed of redundant rail equipment, and we have lifted and assembled bridges on rail infrastructure projects.

    Electrical Power Generation

    Synergy Lifting have worked on electrical power generation sites including biomass power plants and energy-from-waste sites. Our work on these sites has included combinations of crane hire and contract lifting, specialist lift and shift operations for installation projects, and dismantling and packaging of redundant equipment.

    Wind Power and Renewable Energies

    From installing towers, turbines, and rotor blades on site to loading and transporting gear boxes. Synergy Lifting have provided crane hire and contract lift services to firms involved in different stages of the wind power and renewable energies supply chain – from manufacturers to end users. We are able to assist at different stages – from initial install to repair stages and final decommissioning.

    Food and Beverages

    Synergy Lifting have worked on a range of food and beverage sites across the UK including Greggs, Weetabix, McCain’s, PepsiCo, Hains Daniels, and more. Our work has involved heavy machine movement for food and beverage equipment such as lifting and shifting ovens, coolers, and bottling machines into place uas well as full factory relocation projects.

    Paper and Packaging

    From print presses to labelling machines, our team have lifted heavy equipment through roof openings and factory entrances. From offloading to ingress and positioning, we are able to provide our client’s in the paper and packaging sector with a full package machine mover service by utilising a range of plant and machine moving equipment.

    Plastics and Metals

    Synergy Lifting have lifted and shifted plastic moulding machines into position and removed redundant equipment for disposal. Our heavy machine mover projects have also involved installing large overhead cranes for companies in the metal sector at their stock warehouse facilities. We offer a full package heavy machine movement service in the plastic and metals sectors.


    Our team have years of experience in installations for petrochemical producers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and chemical mixing plants involving radioactive material handling. We prioritise health and safety whilst carrying out a cost-effective and efficient heavy machine mover service for companies in the chemical sector.


    Our heavy machine mover team have assisted with lifting and shifting a range of scientific equipment into position in laboratories – such as X-ray machines and centrifuges. Our team are aware of the value and fragility of the equipment we move and extra care is always take to ensure our projects are carried out safely and efficiently for companies in the scientific sector.


    From brick factories to laundering facilities, from industrial rail manufacturers to restaurants… Synergy Lifting have worked across a multitude of sectors for client’s across the UK and even internationally. Our heavy machine mover team can offer a full package service from just one point of contact and can tackle any problem with a positive approach.

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      Do you need a crane hire or a contract lift?

      The table below outlines the key differences between a crane hire and a contract lift. The main difference is that if you do not have an appointed person to plan the lifting activities and you do not have the relevant insurances in place, you will need a contract lift service. If you are not sure which one is best for you, get in touch and we can help you figure out what you need.

      Crane Hire

      What does this include?

      • Crane with operator
      • Method statement and risk assessment
      • Qualified appointed person to plan lift
      • Qualified slinger signaller
      • Qualified lift supervisor
      • Insurance for damage to the crane
      • Insurance for damage to goods lifted
      • Legal responsibility for damage or injury

      Contract Lift

      What does this include?

      • Crane with operator
      • Method statement and risk assessment
      • Qualified appointed person to plan lift
      • Qualified slinger signaller
      • Qualified lift supervisor
      • Insurance for damage to the crane
      • Insurance for damage to goods lifted
      • Legal responsibility for damage or injury

      Your heavy crane hire experts

      Synergy Lifting provide a leading heavy crane hire and contract lifting service on sites across the UK. Our reputation in the heavy crane hire industry is built on our ability to carry out heavy lifting activities safely and efficiently whilst remaining cost conscious. Our experienced heavy crane hire management team do this by employing competent personnel, utilising the most suitable plant and equipment, and careful and planning and executing every single lift we undertake.

      Heavy Crane Hire Safety

      Although cost is a very important factor in heavy crane hire operations, safety is always first – one of our key advantages is that we are able to offer a heavy crane hire service with emphasis on safety whilst remaining cost-conscious for our customers. Our heavy crane hire lifting operations are ingrained with safety at every point in the project. Initially, Synergy Lifting’s appointed person carries out a site visit to help determine the best safe working method and then uses this information to formulate a thorough set of heavy crane hire RAMS (risk assessments and method statements) and a detailed heavy crane hire lift plan illustrating the crane position. When on site, our lift supervisors work alongside all other contractors to ensure everyone on site is aware of the risks involved in the lifting operations from mobilisation through to demobilisation and leaving site.

      Heavy Crane Hire Cost

      Our heavy crane hire management team take pride in remaining cost-conscious when our customers approach us with a heavy crane hire request. We have helped to save some of our customers thousands of pounds on single day projects when they have approached us after being quoted extremely high costs by other heavy crane hire firms. By choosing Synergy Lifting, you can be rest-assured that our experienced management team consisting of appointed persons and CAD technicians are going to assess a range of potential lifting scenarios to help you arrive at a cost-effective heavy crane hire solution. For example, we will assess tandem lift operations, different crane configurations based on ballast and fly jib set ups, crane positioning and load dismantling to make sure we can provide you with a cost-effective heavy crane hire solution on a fully insured contract lift basis.

      Heavy Crane Hire Projects

      Unlike other crane hire firms, we are able to offer a much broader range of services alongside our heavy crane hire service. For example, if removing redundant plant or equipment from site, we are able to transport and dispose of this waste in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. In addition to heavy crane hire, our services include dismantling, steel erection, machine movement, factory relocation, plant strip outs, temporary propping, and labour provision. We often provide a full package service to our clients, creating cost efficiencies and taking control of the coordination of more activities on site. It is also worth noting that for projects involving dismantling and disposing of plants or removing redundant assets, we are able to offer a competitive price by offsetting the scrap or resale value against the cost of our works.

      Managerial Experience

      Our heavy crane hire and contract lifting management team have decades of experience working on sites across the UK and we understand the different restraints that can be imposed under different circumstances. We overcome these restraints by focusing on each lift with the aim to devise a plan that can be executed safely, efficiently, and cost effectively. We have experience lifting machines through roof openings, offloading equipment from vessels, dismantling petrochemical plants, and the list goes on...

      Competent Personnel

      Every service Synergy Lifting provide, whether it is heavy crane hire or simple lifting and shifting, is executed by our core of competent personnel who work on sites across the UK in a range of sectors. Our heavy crane hire teams are made up of competent appointed persons, operators, lift supervisors, slinger banksmen, and riggers. We also have a core of competent personnel with other qualifications - including steel erectors, plant operators, cladders etc. We often combine our services to provide our clients with a full package solution.

      Plant and Equipment

      Synergy Lifting have access to heavy cranes with lifting capacities up to 1,200te. We have resources across the UK that we can utilise in the most economical way in order to price projects competitively. We also have our own stores with a range of specialist equipment and, if required, we can also fabricate and test our own lifting equipment to carry out bespoke lifting operations. Our heavy crane hire team carefully plan each stage in the lifting operation and ensure that the correct plant and equipment is selected and used every time.

      Planning and Execution

      Having the resources (personnel, plant, and equipment) to carry out heavy crane hire and contract lifting are the building blocks of our lifting operations, but it is due to our careful planning and execution that we are able to actually deliver projects on time and safely. A large part of our planning stage involves thorough RAMS (risk assessments and method statements) and detailed CAD lift plans that are formulated following a site visit and presented to you prior to commencement of the heavy crane hire and contract lifting project.