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Moving Your laboratory? Planning And Why It Is So Important.

18 January 2018

If you’re planning an upcoming move the preparatory stages of relocation can be just as important as the move itself. So how can you effectively plan for a lab relocation – and why is considering the project management side of chemistry lab equipment transportation so important?

Why planning is important when moving chemistry lab equipment

Laboratories using chemistry lab equipment tend to specialise in finely-balanced, delicate and important work. Secure, temperature-controlled, sensitive and on occasion hazardous materials are often in use. For this reason effective and detailed plans must be put in place before an upcoming relocation.

How to plan for a lab equipment move effectively

When making a plan for moving science lab equipment or chemistry lab equipment, it’s important to start with an inventory. List all items, large and small, and group together. Then consider logistically how each element will be moved, and in what order. Are there any sensitive or breakable items on the list? Are any of the materials at the lab classed as dangerous goods? Temperature controlled, easily spoiled or biohazardous materials will need to be carefully managed, handled and transported within government guidelines. Placing specialist requirements and the nature and needs of science lab equipment at the centre of your planning will help to minimise downtime and any potential disruption to the daily activity of the laboratory. A sensible, chronological timeline which ensures that items can be set up and received in sequence on the other side.

The importance of working with trusted partners specialising in science lab equipment management

Relocation experts with experience and qualifications in the removal of science lab equipment and chemistry lab equipment will know exactly how to approach your move based on the information they receive. Assigning professional project management throughout the process is key. At Johnsons, we provide Integrated Project Management and Logistics Project Management as well as overseeing subcontractor and vendor partnerships for a smoother, more successful move.

Need expert assistance with an upcoming lab equipment move? Contact us today.


“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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