A lift and shift in a very tight space

We have a massive amount of experience lifting and shifting heavy, bulky and fragile items through and within tight spaces. But a recent domestic project in Kensington had us wondering whether the lift and shift can be done when presented with a tiny 800mm gap!

Read on to find out how we solved this problem.


The homeowner wanted a swim spa installed in their city townhouse garden. The spa’s basin was large and access to the back of the property very restricted. The only access was an 800mm corridor between the house and the neighbouring wall.


The spa basin was definitely too large to fit down the side of the house, so to get it into the garden we shifted it onto its side using a spider crane in the front garden and moved it through the property using skates. 

One of our UNIC 295 mini cranes was folded up and manoeuvred through the side passageway. Once in the back garden, it could be set up and used to lift and shift the spa basin into the ground.


A highly successful lift and shift. The homeowner was delighted that the spa basin was lifted successfully, safely and with no damage.

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