Our History

Engineering excellence for 150 years

In 1867 Joseph Stannah began engineering lifts and cranes for London’s dock yards. Five generations on, this family owned, British business still uses its engineering expertise to keep people and goods moving. Today the business sells passenger lifts, platform lifts, goods and service lifts, escalators, moving walkways, loading systems and stairlifts, alongside providing maintenance and repair services for all makes and models of lifts and stairlifts in the UK.

2017 is a year of celebration for Stannah. This year marks 150 years since Joseph Stannah founded the business back in 1867. A lot has happened since then – yet some things, like making life easier and more fulfilling for people and the Stannah family commitment to Joseph’s values of quality and integrity, remain unchanged.

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A brief history of Stannah

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1867

Joseph Stannah began engineering lifts and cranes for London’s dockyards

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1881

Stannah was regularly advertising in The Times for cranes, lifts, patent pendulum donkey pumps and a southward high-speed 26hp engine.

1965

The first of our nationwide network of service branches, focused on servicing and repair, opened in Eastbourne.

1968

The first Maxilift passenger lifts are introduced; standardising the lift range while still allowing for bespoke production.

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1973

Stannah Microlifts was started – marketing dumbwaiter service lifts.

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1988

This year saw the introduction of goods lifts into our product portfolio, supplied primarily as back of house lifts for hotels, supermarkets, factories and convenience stores.

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1992

The unique FX structure is introduced, supplying a lift in its own structure, instead of using a conventional wall-mounted configuration.

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1994

The inclined wheelchair platform lift is introduced, providing easy wheelchair access over staircases.

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1998

Stannah Lifts begin manufacturing the Midilift platform lift range – over 5,000 have been sold since its introduction.

2000

The groundbreaking MRC passenger lift is unveiled, one of the world’s first hydraulic machine-roomless lifts.

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2009

Our passenger lifts expertise increases with the introduction of the Xtralift range, offering greater capacity and suitability for more complex projects.

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2010

Lift Services division wins the contract to maintain all Network Rail lifts in the UK.

Escalators and moving walkways are added to our expanding product portfolio.

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2013

Stannah installs lifts and escalators into some major infrastructure projects: King’s Cross, Paddington, London Bridge, Reading, Nottingham and many more station upgrades.

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2014

The Stannah Piccolo is reinvented as a wall-mounted machinery directive lift.

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2016

Stannah Lift Services introduces Loading Systems into the portfolio of products they can maintain.

2017

The company celebrates its 150th anniversary

Stannah has 11 branches nationwide

Stannah has operations across the globe

Stannah has installed over 45,000 commercial lift products

Stannah now has lifts in major train stations across the UK

Stannah has installed over 600,000 stairlifts

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Stannah Brackley team up to raise crucial funds for local charities!

12 Dec 2017

As part of the 150th match funding the staff at the Brackley Stannah service branch have been busy raising money for their two chosen charities.

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Stannah Branch Managers Jump into action to raise money for Mia Fund

06 Dec 2017

Keith Peters and Jason Peters of Stannah have completed a bungee jump to raise money for the Mia Fund.

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A Celebration of Alan and Brian Stannah’s MBEs

05 Dec 2017

On 23rd November 2017, Alan and Brian Stannah, were both presented with an MBE by the Prince of Wales.

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Graham Hood completes four fundraising challenges

30 Nov 2017

Graham Hood, Stannah Engineer, has this year completed a series of fundraising challenges to raise important funds for charity.

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Manchester Memory Walk raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Society

30 Nov 2017

Paul Winstanley from Stannah has just completed the Manchester Memory Walk for the third year running.

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Monthly dress-down days raise crucial funds for charity

27 Nov 2017

Julie Phillips of Stannah Management Services has arranged a series of monthly dress-down days raise crucial funds for several charities.

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Stannah Office Manager Walks the London Bridges

21 Nov 2017

Dianne Sillis of Stannah Lift Services Ltd recently raised £1,250 for East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH).

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Stannah Project Manager & Design Engineer complete Charity Cycle Challenge

21 Nov 2017

Craig Hazelden and Matt Martin from Stannah successfully completed a gruelling 9-day cycling challenge for charity.

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Stannah sponsors the prestigious Building Awards 2017

09 Nov 2017

As Stannah nears the end of celebrating an astounding 150th anniversary as a British, independent family of lift expertise, it was delighted to share in others'…

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A shining example ...

01 Nov 2017

Continuing our 150 pen portraits of Stannah employees: Peter Perry, Managing Director of Stannah Lift Services (M&R division)

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