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7 October 2017

The Project

This project involved the relocation of cryostores for Cells4life.

We relocated 17 tanks containing liquid nitrogen with stem cell samples in them, all tanks were vapour phase. We relocated 15 from Bishops Stortford and two from Rochdale.

They were all transported to our storage site in Uckfield, East Sussex. We transported two tanks per trip with one trip per day, this was to comply with insurance conditions due to the value of goods being up to £3m per tank.

The Challenge

Due to design, weight and condition of some of the tanks we were unable to use a standard forklift truck to relocate them. To overcome this we used a reinforced tail lift. This provided more stability and therefore more safety onsite.

We also used ADR compliant vehicles and utilised our in house DGSA who ensured that all elements were covered and captured prior to and during the relocation so that everything was done correctly and following guidelines. He completed specific RAMS for the logistics and answered any questions that arose throughout the planning and relocation period.

The Result

Everything went well and without any problems. We have a good relationship with Cells4Life and have now completed several projects for them. We continue to quote for and undertake work for them on a regular basis.


“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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