Specialist Lifting and Haulage

Occasionally, the size, shape or weight of the industrial equipment to be moved requires specialist knowledge, experience and equipment.

Versatile heavy lifting equipment and transport options

From heavy machinery to modular housing units, Merritts can provide a 24-hour service to ensure your heavy machinery lifting and specialist transport project is managed safely and in accordance with all regulatory requirements.

Our business was founded in 1922, and as a result of over 100 years of experience, we are able to undertake and coordinate all types and sizes of specialist heavy machine lifting and haulage projects. Whether this requires removal due to factory relocation or production line changes, we can arrange everything that is involved with a specialist transport project. Our service includes complex notifications, road closures and European deliveries. Our cost effective heavy lift service extends to covering all necessary paperwork for both UK and European deliveries.

Modern transport and equipment

Our fleet comprises semi low loaders, standard low loaders and wafer deck low loaders capable of carrying loads of up to 60Te, as well as crane trailers, flatbeds and curtain siders.

In addition to our low loader fleet, our team is highly skilled in load rigging and moving heavy machinery. We have in house equipment and expertise to transport and install industrial equipment of all sizes weighing up to 125Te, enabling us to provide you with lifting and heavy haulage solutions for all of your load moving requirements.

Merritts experienced lift coordinators will provide lift plans for both simple and complex lifts. When combined with Merritts comprehensive insurance, this package forms the basis of our contract lift service.


Our heavy machine lifting and transport includes:

  • Hydraulic jacking systems with lifting capacity up to 125Te
  • Mobile cranes with lifting capacity up to 90Te
  • Versa-Lift forklift trucks with a lifting capacity up to 36Te
  • Lorry mounted cranes with lifting capacity up to 30Te
  • Overhead cranes with lifting capacity up to 20Te
  • Low loaders, flat-beds, curtain siders and wafer decks
  • Specialist rigging tackle
  • Fully equipped support and escort vehicles

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Fully qualified project team

Your project manager will be supported by a fully trained engineering team which comprises: SSSTS trained foremen, riggers, HGV Class 1 & 2 drivers, crane operators and electrical & mechanical engineering specialists. Merritts also employ fully certified slinger signallers, banksmen and appointed persons to provide competent supervision when carrying out specialist transport services that involve the moving and lifting of heavy machinery and equipment.

Storage facilities & workshop

Merritts also has over 80,000 ft² of secure industrial storage space on multiple sites. Within this industrial warehousing facility, we have an overhead gantry crane capable of lifting 20Te. This equipment is particularly useful for customers who require dedicated space to lift heavy objects in order to carry out repairs and maintenance. We are also able to provide insurance for the transport of equipment into stores, the offloading and handling and then insurance to store goods whilst in our facility.

Heavy Machinery Storage Facilities
Heavy Machinery Storage Facilities

We are pleased to be celebrating our 100 Year Anniversary

We are proud to announce that we are celebrating our 100th year as a company. Since 1922, it has been our goal to provide market leading services to our customers. Our policy of continuous investment in new vehicles, heavy lifting systems, specialist trailers and lifting tackle, as well as the ongoing training and development of our personnel ensures we remain at the forefront of the specialist lifting industry.

Companies we have carried out specialist lifting and haulage services for include:


  • Doosan Babcock
  • Futures Housing
  • Ward CNC
  • Komori
  • Garnalex
  • Meridian Lightweight Technologies
  • Network Rail
  • Radius Systems

Manufacturers in the following sectors who use our specialist lifting transport services;

  • Aerospace & Defence
  • Machine Tools
  • Food & Drink
  • Waste & Recycling
  • Print
  • Metalwork
  • Plastics & Rubber
  • Automotive
  • Textiles

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