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Machinery Moving

Hird is a machinery removal and installation specialist.

Our machine lifting and moving teams pride themselves on their high levels of safety and efficiency.

  • Free, no obligation site survey before every project
  • Meticulous planning and execution by experience professionals
  • Highly-skilled and qualified machinery moving teams
  • A flexible can-do approach to all projects and lifting challenges
  • Best equipment and techniques for safe and sustainable outcomes
  • All lifting standards and regulations met


Hird is a national machinery removal and installation specialist with professional teams that work to the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

We carry around the lifting and movement of single items of machinery or multiple units, supporting complex dismantling and installation procedures while working closely with client engineering partners to ensure projects are completely efficiently and effectively.

Hird has many satisfied customers in a wide range of sectors – including data centre installation, aerospace, dockyards, heavy engineering, food manufacturing, and medical equipment.

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Our services range from moving single machines to comprehensive factory relocation

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Health & Safety

We offer full consultation, planning and risk assessment services

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Machinery Moving Services

Factory relocation

Hird supports clients with turnkey services to remove machinery from one site, then transport it safely and efficiently to another for safety installation.

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Contract lifting

We are contract lifting experts, with all the experience and qualifications needed to safely and effectively manage all aspects of a machinery moving lifts.

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New site installation

Hird supports clients in the installation of equipment at new factory and industrial buildings, including warehouses and process manufacturing sites.

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Factory maintenance

We support clients when they need lifting support during production shutdowns to carry out planned maintenance or emergency repair work in live areas.

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Site redevelopment

Hird provides machinery lifting and moving services during the redevelopment of factory and industrial sites as part of modernisation programmes.

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Manufacturing reconfiguration
Manufacturing reconfiguration

We providing lifting assistance when clients need to modify or reconfigure production lines, for example to introduce new working practices or technologies.

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Industry Sectors

Data Centres
Health Care
Food Manufacturing
Power Generation
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Sustainable and safe lifting

Our electric pick and carry cranes combine safe lifting with zero emissions and low carbon operations for sustainable machinery moving solutions.

Sustainable and safe lifting

Our large fleet of zero emissions and low noise electric pick and carry cranes allow us to work safely and effectively in live industrial environments.

These mini cranes are ideal for lifting in highly-controlled, regulated and clean spaces, such as food factories, precision manufacturing plants and petrochemical sites.

Hird provides trained personnel to ensure that its machine moving services comply with BS7121 Safe Use of Cranes, PUWER and LOLER regulations.

We will carry out a free, no obligation site surveys, with experienced teams ready to assist and advise you on the best solution for your machinery moving projects.

Talk to Hird’s machinery moving team today.We are here to give technical advice and support as you prepare your machine lifting and moving tasks or programmes.

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Trained and experienced teams

Hird has more than four decades of machinery moving experience. The company was founded in 1982 as a machine moving business, only later diversifying into equipment hire and sales.

Our machine moving teams reflect this long tradition of expertise and pride in completing all projects safely, to our clients’ precise requirements and to the highest standards.

Hird operatives are highly trained and experienced. They hold all necessary professional qualifications to operate the machinery moving equipment we use, including pick and carry cranes.

All our project managers have Appointment Person qualifications and related experience needed to lead the most complex lifts and machine move projects in our industry.

Hird is also known for its can-do approach to lifting and machinery moving projects. Safely overcoming challenges and finding a way in the most difficult of circumstances is our stock in trade.

Trained and experienced teams
Trained and experienced teams

Hird’s lifting professionals are among the most experienced and qualified in the UK – with a reputation for safely completing the most challenging projects.

Contact the Hird Moving Team today to discuss your next lift

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Mobile Crane Lifts

We operate mobile cranes for crane hire and contract lift projects. We will also plan and manage contract lifts that require mobile cranes of any size and type.

10 steps to machinery moving success

You will find with Hird that we use a consistent, tried and tested approach to all machinery moving projects.

That does not mean, though, that we are not flexible. That is because no one machinery moving project is the same as the next.

We adapt to the technical requirements of each move, and the commercial and logistical requirements of our clients – and have experience of machinery moving in a range of high risk condition.

Hird is recognised for this can-do attitude to plant and machine moving work. We are positive problem solvers, with the skills, experience, equipment and attitudes needed to get each job done safely.

How we ensure your machinery moving project is a success
  1. Free site surveys
  2. Development of a lifting plan
  3. Effective communication with all parties involved from the start of planning to completion
  4. If it is needed, we will carry out machinery decontamination
  5. Dismantling, de-installation, and making site safe
  6. Preparation for move – packaging, crating and palletising all equipment, to keep it safe and secure
  7. Machinery loading and move-out, using our specialist lifting equipment and cranes
  8. Door-to-door machine transportation
  9. Equipment move-in and installation

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Our equipment

Hird has more than 40 years’ of experience in operating lifting and machinery moving equipment designed to deliver the safest and most effective outcomes.

From the largest mobile cranes to the smallest machinery moving skates, we will mobilise and use the right equipment and techniques to ensure your machinery project is executed perfectly.

A core component of Hird’s machinery lifting service is our use of the latest industrial pick and carry cranes, specifically designed for machinery lifting and moving tasks.

Best machine moving cranes

Hird is the UK and Ireland distributor for Manitex Valla Cranes, a global leader in pick and carry crane manufacturing. This gives us access to a full range of cranes for any machinery moving project.

Thanks to our battery electric Valla mini cranes with capacities of 2t to 25t, we have all challenges covered, be they highly constrained spaces or the need to operate in clean environments.

We also operated mobile cranes and can plan and deliver machinery moving projects at any scale.


Find out more today

Talk to Hird’s friendly machinery moving experts today. We’re here to give you the best advice honestly and openly – and complete any machine moving task safely.

Email: [email protected] | Call the Hird machinery moving team: 01482 227333.

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Pick and carry cranes for all tasks

Whatever the constraints Hird will get it safely lifted and moved – with a wide range of mini cranes and other lifting equipment for all eventualities.

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Ticking all the right boxes

No obligation site survey

Full risk assessment

Available to work in high risk conditions

BS7121 Safe Use of Crane

Method statement

Lifting plan

Full accredited lifting professionals