Merritts provide time critical machinery moving solutions for engineering facilities in the Education sector. Our specialist equipment, detailed planning, and experienced project management team ensures we can carry out the relocation of your operating machinery and associated equipment in the most efficient way possible.

Detailed Planning for Smooth Project Completion

Merritts machinery movers will ensure a comprehensive preliminary site visit is performed in order to fully understand the scope of works and the most efficient method of carrying out the machinery relocation. Following this, a detailed project plan will be created for the customer, outlining the full work schedule.

As expert engineering machinery movers, Merritts will liaise with all relevant parties throughout the machine move to keep everyone updated with the works schedule.

For example, if the removal service or machine installation is being carried out at a University, we would coordinate accordingly with all the various departments that need to be involved to ensure that minimal disruption and inconvenience is caused.

To accommodate for any unforeseen circumstances during the project that may have the potential to cause delays, Merritts have the ability to operate out of hours and weekend working to keep the project on course.

Access restrictions? We have the knowledge and solutions

As engineering specialists, our preliminary site visit will also be used to understand the necessary access requirements to safely remove or install the heavy engineering machinery and equipment.

Within our engineering machinery relocation package, we will review the entire journey the machinery and any components will need to take, assessing factors such as vehicle access, floor conditions, ground loading pressures, internal ceiling heights, door measurements and the location of power lines and drains.

Following this assessment, we can then put into place the most suitable methods to safely access and remove the items. These can include:

  • Increasing the size of doorways
  • Removal of walls
  • Provision of scaffolding or staging
  • Steel plates for floor protection
  • The use mobile elevated work platforms
  • Positioning within any existing production line

Merritts is able to provide a wide range of comprehensive heavy machine removal and installation techniques and solutions for production machinery, industrial plant and mechanical infrastructure.

Our machinery removal and installation service package includes:

  • A senior level project manager
  • Removal and decommissioning of existing machinery
  • Match marking
  • Machine moving including loading and offloading
  • Covered transportation
  • Floor preparation at the receiving site including core drilling
  • Positioning and bolting down
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering services
  • Alignment and levelling
  • Storage and recycling services or workshop facilities to service and repair machines that have been removed

Complete Protection for Your Assets

Merritts can arrange long or short term hire of portable transit crates, provided in advance of the project start date. This method provides a safe, reliable, and efficient solution to move and smaller items. Once the crates are loaded, they will be carefully transported to their new destination in Merritts’ specialist vehicles. Insurance cover can be provided for all items throughout the project duration.

We can provide professional packaging services for heavy and large machinery and equipment, giving the customer confidence that their items will arrive at their new destination in the same condition prior to the move.

For more sensitive pieces of equipment, we can arrange for the manufacture of bespoke packing cases to ensure their safety during transit.

Health and Safety Measures

Our health and safety department will be on hand for the project duration. All aspects of health and safety are taken into consideration to ensure a safe working environment for all concerned when moving machinery.

These measures include:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Method Statements
  • Lift Plans
  • Personnel Training
  • CDM Management
  • Site Inductions
  • Project Planning
  • Incident/Near Miss Reporting
  • Toolbox Talks
  • Plant and Tackle Inspection

Industry Leading Lifting Equipment for Any Scenario

Our continued investment into market leading lifting equipment ensures we are prepared to undertake any lifting and machine removal challenge.

As with many educational establishments, having adequate access to remove larger industrial machinery can often be an issue.

Merritts employ a variety of specialist lifting equipment and methods to carry out the safe removal of diverse machinery and equipment within confined environments. This lifting equipment includes:

  • Power stacker trucks
  • Skoots
  • Low mast fork trucks
  • Jacks and skates
  • Pallet trucks
  • Gantry cranes

For the removal of heavier machinery and equipment we can provide:

  • Lorries and low loaders up to 60Te transport capacity
  • Versa-Lift fork lift trucks up to 36Te capacity
  • Lorry mounted cranes up to 30Te capacity
  • Hydraulic jacking systems up to 125Te capacity
  • Specialist tackle including jacks, machinery moving skates and lifting beam


Storage Facilities

We can also provide short or long term industrial storage solutions for your equipment. Our secure facility contains over 100,000 ft² of internal warehouse space on multiple sites.

It is an ideal location within which to carry out machinery maintenance and refurbishment works if required. Our facility provides 20Te overhead craneage, forklift trucks, Versa-Lifts and lorry mounted cranes to assist in handling and safely positioning your machinery and equipment into our warehouse.

We have carried out machine relocation and machinery removal projects for numerous universities in the past. These include:

  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Loughborough
  • University of Coventry