Contract lift services

Our complete package service is ideal for those who require a fully managed lifting solution, removing your risk and liability, and ensuring that we deal with all of the ‘heavy lifting’.

We provide a comprehensive solution, from selecting the right crane and planning the lift to ensuring all safety regulations are met and executing the lift with a skilled crew. From installing heavy machinery to major infrastructure projects, our expertise and experience guarantee a smooth and successful operation.

Our contract lifting package is a full turnkey lifting solution, tailored to your individual goals and aligned with your project specification. We appreciate that no two jobs are the same, which is why we’ll discuss your requirements and plan the lift accordingly, from singular cranes to multiple working in unison.

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Mobile crane lifts acoustic enclosure with specialist lifting equipment
Lifting management supplier for UK’s leading businesses

Why work with Cadman Cranes?

We are proud to be an official trusted supplier of turnkey contract lifting solutions to a wide range of leading businesses across the UK.

  • Committed to sustainability – 100% of our machinery runs on HVO fuel.
  • Safety as standard – We believe that safety is the most important aspect of any lifting project.
  • Technical expertise – We’ve been around for over 50 years’ and take great pride in delivering exceptional levels of service for our clients.
  • Full turnkey solutions – We are lift management specialists. From road closures to heavy lifting, we’ve got you covered.



Forming great working relationships

“A short while ago we contacted you to conduct a Contract Lift to lift in some concrete plinths on a restricted, awkward site at short notice.

Other crane firms we had approached let us down constantly. Your workforce engaged with us from day one to find solutions to the problems.

It has been an outstanding effort from all your workforce. Thank you for a successful outcome.

Your company has been a pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone.”

Craig Edwards​​​​

Civil Project Manager, Ethical Power

Yellow mobile crane installs concrete hollowcore floors on a new build construction site

What is a contract lift?

Contract lifting is a fully managed approach to hiring a crane.

This arrangement ensures compliance with safety standards and regulations, reducing the risk associated with lifting operations.

Planning is taken care of with a site assessment to determine the appropriate equipment, and a lift plan to ensure compliance with safety regulations. Insurance is also provided, in addition to the various equipment and personnel you will need.

A contract lift is suited towards customers looking for a complete turnkey solution, where we take full responsibility for managing the lifting operations.


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Frequently asked contract lifting questions

Our contract lifting service takes the stress out of complex lifting projects. This FAQ section answers some commonly asked questions to help you understand the benefits, process, and what to expect when choosing us for your contract lifting needs.

  • With crane hire, you, the customer, are responsible for all aspects of the lifting operation, including hiring a qualified lift management company and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Contract lifting, on the other hand, is a more comprehensive service. We take care of everything, from providing the crane and operator to planning the lift, coordinating with relevant personnel, and ensuring all safety and insurance regulations are met.

  • There are several benefits. Firstly, it reduces the burden on you as the customer. We handle all the complexities of your lifting project, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your operation. Secondly, our experienced team ensures the lift is planned and executed safely and efficiently. Finally, we have the expertise and necessary insurances to mitigate any risks associated with the lift.

  • We can handle a wide variety of lifting projects. This includes installing machinery, lifting pre-fabricated structures, placing bridge beams, or relocating maritime equipment . If you have a specific lifting requirement, contact us to discuss its feasibility.

  • The cost depends on several factors, such as the size and weight of the load, the complexity of the lift, and the duration of the project. We will work with you to understand your specific needs and provide a competitive quote that fits within your budget.

  • In most cases, you simply need to provide details about the load that needs lifting, the lifting location, and your desired timeframe. Our team will then handle all the planning, logistics, and execution of the lift.

Mobile crane lifts concrete blocks for beam and block flooring on a construction site

An added layer of protection for your lifting project

Nationwide CPA Contract Lifting

Opting for a Contract Lift provided under CPA (Construction Plant Hire Association) contract lift terms and conditions means you receive a much wider service offering.

We are well-equipped to provide a wide range of Contract Lifting in the UK, all over Essex, and across local areas such as; Colchester, Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree, Norwich, Ipswich, Brentwood, Harlow, Rayleigh, Southend and Tilbury as well as lifting management solutions throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Greater London, Kent and beyond.

From busy city centre sites to multiple crane operations, this option specifically allows for more input from our lifting experts, increasing safety and reducing risk – it is an ideal solution for complex lifting requirements.

Remember, if an individual or organisation does not have expertise in lifting operations, they must opt for our contract lift option. Make the smarter choice, and we’ll take on the majority of the risks and responsibilities that would otherwise be yours to deal with.

Yellow mobile crane lifts acoustic enclosure from transport lorry using specialist lifting beams

What’s included in a contract lift?


  • Expertly managed nationwide lifting solution
  • Site visit to assess the planned work and suggest the best way to meet your needs
  • Professional and experienced Appointed Person
  • Lifting Operation Team including CPCS qualified operator(s), Slinger Signaller(s) and Lifting Supervisor(s)
  • Lift plan and operation of safe system of work (via method statement/risk assessment)
  • Fully organised and supervised lifting operation
  • Modern crane that is properly maintained, tested, and certificated
  • More than just crane hire. We take pride in going the extra mile to help our clients achieve their goals.
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Contract lifting versus standard mobile crane hire

Contract lifting provides you with ultimate protection and simplifies the process for those without prior experience in lifting operations.

In contrast to regular mobile crane hire in the UK, a contract lift offers a more comprehensive service. The crane company takes responsibility for the entire lifting operation, providing a certified operator, lift planner (appointed person), and any other personnel required for a safe lift. They will also handle all the planning tasks like risk assessments and creating lift plans to ensure everything complies with safety regulations.

By choosing a contract lift, you benefit from reduced workload on your part, greater assurance of safety, and the expertise of the crane company to handle your lifting job smoothly.

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