The right kit for the right job

How to make sure you get the right crane, for the right job

Planning a lift is one of the most complicated undertakings in construction or engineering.

It takes a huge range of skills to ensure that all the right criteria is met.

If you are looking to book a crane, you probably have a huge to do list that looks a bit like the below:

  • Making sure all Health and safety requirements are met.
  • Complying with BS7121 and proving the competence of your team
  • Site restrictions
  • Weight and type of item being lifted
  • Road closures
  • Getting the kit to site
  • Local restrictions

City Lifting have the most diverse fleet of cranes in the UK, so we will certainly have what you need BUT how is the right one selected?

Here are a few of the considerations our team take into account when picking the best crane for your project.

  • Crane positioning
  • Maximum radius for lift
  • Lifting tackle
  • Hook height
  • Transport of crane and road closures
  • ground bearing capacity
  • Provision of suitable matts
  • Clearance
  • Weight, size and slinging points
  • Height of obstructions
  • Counterweights
  • Rigging space


An experienced appointed person will know what questions to ask, but even then it’s unlikely that you will able to identify the right crane for heavy, or complex lifts right away.

Lee, a Senior Contract Manager at CityLifting is keen to make his clients aware of why this is so important…. If any of this is rushed through or avoided, you are at significant risk of ending up with the wrong crane, or perhaps even unable to get one on site. This will cost time and as a result have a direct financial impact on the whole of the work chain.”

In order to ensure you eliminate the risk of delays or additional expense, it is generally a good idea to trust your crane provider with the whole job. Quality providers will be able to handle all aspects of the lift (getting back to that lengthy to do list). In doing so, you know the job will run smoothly, nothing will get overlooked and you are likely to save on spend in the long run. City Lifting always offer:

  • On-site inspection
  • Job planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Insurance
  • Method statements
  • All permits
  • Road closures and traffic management
  • Liaising with local authorities
  • Transportation
  • Specialist equipment including lifting tackle

So, choose a business that knows what it’s doing for your next lift and you can be confident it will be a job done well.

Best practice ensures that a thorough examination and assessment of the site and job is undertaken. Following this, you should be provided with a detailed report and proposal, from which it can be determined which kit and approach is best for your job.

To learn more about us and our fleet, download our PDF brochure. (link) or speak to our experienced advisors. (link to contact us page)

City Lifting are very pleased to have recently completed a 12 point lift at City Airport for Buckingham group, involving four of our heavy cranes.


This large project required us to successfully complete the installation of 4 tower sections. They were built during the day by our Tadano Faun ATF70G-4L over a 2-week period. They were loaded onto a barge by our LTM1350-6.1 and assisting with a bosun’s chair was a Demag AC220-5. The section was then shipped to the next location where assistance from our LTM1450-8.1 and Grove GMK6300 would place into its final position. This was an absolutely fantastic project to be a part of and we would like to thank everyone involved.


Should you wish to hire one of our heavy cranes, please feel free to get in contact with us today and we will be more than happy to recommend a lifting solution for your requirements.


We are very pleased to have recently become the first UK operator to put the Scania L – series low entry truck into service to support our London crane fleet.

About the L-Series

The new Scania L series is designed specifically for congested inner city conditions, making it the perfect option for use in London. The cab has great visibility, low entry steps and easy cross-cab access. To ensure safe and easy access and egress, the new cab can be specified with automatic kneeling to give a single 440mm entry step on both sides of the cab. Movement around the inside of the cab is also easy as there can be up to three passenger areas.

What we like about this Scania truck is that it gives the driver direct vision of pedestrians and cyclists when turning or moving off. The L- Series is fitted with a one-piece full width loading ramp for safely loading small spider cranes and three wheel forklifts, making it perfect for transporting our growing fleet of spider and crawler cranes. It is also complete with hydraulic winch and a Palfinger Crane for placing crane mats for our Contract Lifting Operations.


Our Thoughts

Commenting on our decision to opt for an L-series model, Managing Director Trevor Jepson has said: “As soon as we heard the L-series was coming, I thought it would make an ideal vehicle for use in London.  We have seen the construction industry moving towards low cabs, and faced with ever-tightening regulations the L-series represents a positive opportunity to help future-proof the business. 

“Like every other operator in the capital today our focus is on minimising risk, and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists are a particular concern.  There’s no question that the lower cab gives better vision all round, and the City Safe window in the passenger door adds more visibility where it’s needed most on the nearside.  Our L-series qualifies for a five star rating under Transport for London’s Direct Vision Scheme – you can’t get better than that.”

We are very happy to have taken delivery of our 6th Spierings SK1265-AT6 mobile tower crane, the largest mobile tower crane in the world.

City Lifting have built up an excellent relationship with Spierings over the years and were even the first company to use Spierings mobile tower cranes back in 2000. Fast forward to 2018 and we now have the largest fleet of Spierings in the UK. The arrival of our new SK1265 brings our mobile tower crane fleet up to a total of 21, ranging from 33m to 60m.

The combination of the SK1265’s powerful engine, high-performance pneumatic brake system and its excellent overview helps to increase safety on both construction sites and public roads. This powerful crane is extremely flexible despite its large capacity, making it an essential part of our fleet that is applicable for a wide range of inner city projects. All crane motions are hydraulic proportional controlled, which makes the SK1265 easy to operate and gives maximum precision and efficiency. 

The SK1265-AT6 is the first Spierings crane with a 5th extendible jib section. Combined with the four other jib sections, it helps to deliver an unrivalled radius of 60 metres. The crane can be operated both from the cab and from the ground, so the operator always has an optimum overview of operations. No separate jib sections are required and once in position the crane can be erected and ready to work in as little as 20 minutes.

Owner Trevor Jepson said: “At Spierings, there is always a solution to every problem and their cranes have many advantages. For example, they set-up really quick and they do not need much room. In England it is very expensive to block a road, so for us these are really important benefits.”


It’s third time lucky for Team City Lifting’s Jake Archer as he takes the British Motostar title with an unbeatable 330 point lead before the championship has even finished.


After coming runner-up for the past two years, Team City Lifting’s Jake Archer has officially won the title of the Moto3 Hel Performance British Motostar Champion 2018! With only one round to go, Jake Archer has secured his victory leaving rival Storm Stacey in second place after a double win at Oulton Park.


The 18-year-old from Andover said:

 “Its Mega to have won it. I have been runner-up for the last two years and finally I am Champion. I have to thank Ryan Saxelby who has given me a fantastic bike all season. Also my sponsors City Lifting, Kovara Projects, Radmat, Sureweld, Euroclad and Safety Industrial, my parents of course and all of those people who follow me each race.”


Jake became City Lifting’s second British champion with Tom Booth Amos clinching victory in 2017.  And there is still a strong possibility of a double victory for the City Lifting Team Lifting, as Archer’s team mate, Jake Scott, has a genuine opportunity to steal the second place from Storm Stacey in October’s final round. 


After a great year for both riders, who have dominated the championship, Jack summed up his excitement ahead of the final round:

“I’m only 11 points adrift of Storm (Stacey) now so the runner up spot is there for me to pinch. Congratulations to Jake he deserved to take the title, he’s been brilliant all year


The Brands Finale is on 12-14th October, when Team City Lifting will be there to celebrate the end of another excellent season.