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Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd

8 October 2020

The Project

In 2019, Johnsons provided Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd with a move management and relocation programme to facilitate their requirement for a building consolidation project. Originally spread over two buildings, a recent audit exposed the opportunity for them to draw down on their sustainable estate strategy and utilise the space of just one area instead.

The project was required to take place over two phases split into the relocation of the production areas in the clean room and the relocation of the main offices.

Scope of Services

  • Full Project Move Management to complete the planning and delivery of the relocation of the clean room items and general office areas
  • Provision of our DGSA (Dangerous Goods & Safety Advisor) to support and provide the legally required transportation documentation
  • Supply of experienced/trained/uniformed JLL relocation team members
  • Supply of ADR compliant vehicles and certified ADR drivers as required
  • Rolls of bubble wrap to be supplied for Zeiss UK staff to use to pack
  • Supply of equipment (crates, security seals, labels etc.)
  • Supply of qualified/skilled fitters to undertake the dismantling/reassembling of the racking/workbenches
  • Building protection installed to all main walkways/doorways/lifts as required

The new, modern setting was chosen to mirror the innovative working techniques of both Carl Zeiss Ltd and Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd and has been created to provide an open plan, collaborative and flexible working environment for all of our employees.

As-well as being a larger and a more modern building, ZEISS House also hosted excellent meeting and conferencing facilities throughout the three open plan floors. There were 16 meeting rooms and 5 demo rooms for optimal availability and flexibility for their visiting customers. In addition, the new site had a much larger car park for staff and visitors, as well as many local amenities nearby.

Production Area / Clean Room Relocation

The Production Area relocation comprised of a number of specialist pieces of equipment being transitioned from Coldhams Lane to Canbourne Business Park. The items included cylinders of Nitrogen and Helium, fume cabinet, work benches, large crane/A-Frame, small crane/A-Frames, crates and cages as well as Dexion racking.

Prior to all items being transported from the Clean Room, they were shrink-wrapped with a double layer of shrink wrap. This reduced the chances of all the items that are coming out of the clean-room environment being exposed to an environment of over an ISO level 5/10,000 maximum particle classification.

We unwrapped the first layer outside of the airlock at the new premises and then handed all items over to the Zeiss UK staff through the airlock facility to remove the second layer.

All relocation equipment on each shift was segregated so once equipment had entered the clean room it will stay in there in its “clean” state until the relocation shift was completed. In addition to this, we provided separate removal teams and segregated them so they didn’t continuously pass through the airlock between the cleanroom environment.


“We have very positive feedback from the end users regarding all the crews involved in the move. Indeed at a steering group meeting this week one of the senior scientist not only praised the move teams but also requested if the same teams could be used for the move into the CL2 building next year.”

The Pirbright Institute

“The Johnsons team worked well with our own internal project team to make the overall move a success. The main phase went without any significant issues, and this was a testament to the close management and supervision of the Johnsons team at both sites during the 3 days of the move.”

Mark Garrod, Redx Pharma

“We have a good working relationship and specifically use Johnsons as they are competitive, always turn up on time with the correct number of operatives, and their removal team is always courteous which matters especially when patients and our staff are affected.”

David Shepherd, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

“Johnsons Laboratory Logistics have been providing relocation services to us for a number of years now. They are competitive, reliable and trustworthy.”

Iain Ramsey, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

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