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Welcome to Lift.co.uk

Welcome to the online resource for the lift industry providing information on lifts and associated lift services. We can also assist you in finding lift companies across the UK by using our lift directory.

Most people don’t realise just how influential and revolutionary lifts have been for the way we live our lives in the modern world. Without their invention in the 19th Century, we wouldn’t have been able to have the kind of high-rise, city in the sky living which we now associate with cities all around the globe. The lift allowed us to look to the sky’s and then race each other to the top of larger, grander skyscrapers than had ever been envisaged before.

Of course you probably all already knew that information but this is probably where your knowledge of lifts ends (and who could blame you; it’s hardly likely to be anyone’s specialist subject on Mastermind!). This is where this website comes in handy. As well as providing you with handy nuggets of information, such as the ones already imparted to you, we are an invaluable single point of contact for business or individuals who require goods lifts / passenger lifts, stair lifts, dumb waiters, disabled lifts or any other the other many kinds of lifts which are now part of 21st Century living. So, sit back and relax; simply choose your destination by pushing one of the buttons located on the left hand side of this page and let us swiftly deliver you to your destination.

Amazingly, the history of the lift can be tracked back as far as the ancient civilisations of the Romans and the Egyptians! Rudimentary hoisting machines, based on the pulley system which would eventually give birth to the lift, were used in the 13th century to move water and building materials around but it wasn’t until the 17th Century when Louis XV commissioned the building of a counterweight lift for his wife that the notion of passenger lifts really began to take shape. Even after this royal commission, it would take a further invention, that of the steam engine, for lifts to come out of mere sci-fi conjecture and enter the realm of feasible reality. After many people had experimented with steam engine and then hydraulic lifts, it was Elisah Grave Otis, whose name you can still see on Otis lifts to this day, who demonstrated the first lift in New York in 1854. This was the first product of its kind which we would recognise as being similar to the sorts of lifts which we use today. Just one year later, Otis received his first order for a passenger lift and the rest is history; a new way of vertical living was born.

It is interesting to chart the history of the lift; originally simply a toy for the upper-classes to play with, they have gradually seeped down into popular culture. Firstly shops and department stores got them and now, because of laws related to equal access possibilities to buildings, all public places with more than one floor must now contain a lift. They have gone from rich novelty items to legal imperatives in the course of only 150 years. Indeed it is really testament to the popularity and enduring strength of the lift invention that, whilst they have got faster, roomier and more luxurious, lifts still work in fundamentally the same way as they did when they were first invented and, despite a century and a half of progress in science and technology, they remain the fastest way of moving people vertically through buildings. Indeed, it would have been unheard of years ago for people such as yourself to be considering having a lift in a personal home.

Which brings us smoothly on to the next point; the different types of lifts which this website is here to talk you through. You may already know exactly what kind of lift you want or, as we find is often the case, you will have a particular problem which you need solving, perhaps reduced mobility due to old age, and will want information on the different types of options which are available to you.

Well, below you will find brief information on the different types of products which are available and, once you have decided upon your destination, simply navigate the left hand side of this page and choose the page you want where there will be much more detailed information about your chosen product and how to go about getting your hands on one. Right, is everybody inside safely? Your scarf isn’t trapped in the door is it? No? Good. Then let us descend to the different type of lift options which are available to you.

Passenger Lifts
These are the obvious type of lifts which most of us are familiar with in our day-to-day lives. Capacities can vary widely from 4 or 5 people to quite big numbers in larger corporate spaces. They are a legal requirement in all public buildings with more than one floor but they are also worth the investment. If you have a block of flats to rent out, or are currently conceptualising a new office space, a plush and comfortable lift could make all the difference; a contented workforce or tenant-cohort is only going to make your life easier and, whilst lifts are clearly a fairly big expenditure, I think you will be genuinely surprised at how much it actually costs; prices don’t have to shoot through the roof

Goods Lift
Another one which is fairly obvious, and will be familiar to all those of you who have worked in warehouses or in retail. Staying with the latter for a moment, in a retail department store for example, a goods lift can perform a double duty, serving as a passenger lift as well. This is good news as it means you won’t need to install two separate lifts to carry goods and passengers; you can do it all in one which, importantly, will help save money. Goods lifts can be useful for all types of businesses, even those which you may not first consider; a pub, for example, could make good use of one for transporting heavy barrels. When considering the purchase of a goods lift you need to decide if it will also be used for carrying passengers as this will affect the weight capacity which is required.

Service Lifts
Similar to goods lifts, often used in the hotel and hospitality trade. They can hold weights of up to 5000kg’s (if they are manufactured to certain standards) and thus can take the strain out of necessary daily tasks such as a hotel laundry service. They have also been known to be employed in offices where a lot of heavy boxes of paperwork need to be moved around quickly, although this use is somewhat rarer.

Another member of the lift family, escalators can be a dynamic and exciting inclusion into any space. Whether it’s a heavy duty one, a light duty one or one of those travelators which nobody ever seems to be able to step off without stumbling, this website will be able to set you straight. Simply click on the icon on the left hand side of the screen and let us guide you to where you need to be. Remember to hold onto the hand rail though, and please, don’t spit over the sides.

Stair Lifts
Something that bizarrely became very ‘in vogue’ a few years ago, with adverts and celebrity endorsements popping up all over the place, stair lifts can make a real difference both in a business and in a home. Whether you can’t climb stairs at all, or simply find it too much of a struggle, a stair lift can take the pain and suffering out of this simple everyday activity by quickly moving you from the bottom to the top with relative ease. There are many different types to fit the different needs, and indeed different stairs, which you might have; more information can be found on the left hand side of this page.

Garage Lifts and Platform Lifts
Two very similar products but both with an in-depth page of their own here on this website. Garage lifts are essentially a hydraulic system which is used to lift up cars and vans so that mechanics, or indeed yourself in your own garage if you’re handy, can get under a car and fix whatever problems there may be. Platform lifts are open platforms which can be used by people in wheelchairs or with mobility problems. When there are only a few stairs to tackle, and the introduction of a lift would be pointless and unnecessary, platform lifts can quickly allow people hindered with movement to change floors and can also help with getting in and out of vehicles. The different types of platform lift are given much more in-depth analysis in their own specific pages.

Dumb Waiters
No, it’s not the guy from last night who brought you the chicken when you asked for the fillet steak! Phew, glad we’ve got that joke out of the way. Dumb Waiters are the wonderfully named contraption which are really relics of a bygone era. In the great stately homes of the past, where the kitchen would be several floors underneath the dining room, dumb waiters were used to ferry food to and from floors, from the kitchen servants to the privileged diners. Whilst some still remain in private use, it is far more common to find them in hospitals, hotels and restaurants.

Through Floor Lifts / Disabled Lifts
Very similar to Vertical Platform lifts, they allow passengers to move swiftly through floors for easy access; they can be attached to load bearing walls and are less ostentatious than a full passenger lift. Whilst also used in public spaces, they can be great for helping a disabled person to be fully independent in their own home. There is a separate page on this website to discuss the different types of lifts available to those people who may require help moving about their own home or indeed public places; ceiling hoists, step lifts and side hung lifts are all viable options which we are more than happy to discuss with a prospective client.

Bespoke Lifts
Using the latest in computer technology, we can provide you with a completely unique and personal lift experience which suits your exact needs and matches your exact tastes. Just get in touch with us if you want to find out more.