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Eastman Chemicals

9 November 2017


40 x Days Project Management, inclusive of:

  • Fortnightly Meetings from Instruction – 8 days
  • Validation Period – 4 days
  • Pre-pack -3 days
  • Moving period – 12 days
  • Programme Management & managed – 8 days
  • Belgium pre- move visits – 4 days
  • Validity of furniture for disposal and sale – 1 day

  • Validation and finalisation of the asset list to be transported
  • Pack/unpack disconnected IT
  • Labelling strategy for the relocation
  • Design and provision of 14 x specialist Novak wooden crates and 74 x IT crates for the protection of IT and certain specialist items in Analytical and Coatings areas.
  • Provision of 325 x plastic lidded crates which will be packed and unpacked for the items stored in cupboards throughout the departments
  • Relocation of 4 x 18 ton loads of items and equipment from Knowlsey to Ghent

The Project

In June 2017, Johnsons undertook a major laboratory relocation from Knowsley to Ghent, Belgium for Eastman Chemicals. The project involved relocating a high number of complex, sensitive and valuable laboratory and testing equipment.

Following a number of site visits and meetings with the project team at Eastman, we believed the key to a successful relocation was the provision of an experienced Project Manager who understood the relocation process as well as being able to programme multiple elements of the relocation in to the overall programme. Our dedicated Project Manager therefore provided a strong support function to the team and was able to lead the relocation to a successful delivery.

The high level project management included verification of assets being relocated, management and design of the relocation programme, management of subcontractors involved in the relocation and control of costs in line with the budget. We based the project management allocation on:

  • Management and costs associated with the technical decommission and recommission of the Analytical departments equipment as listed.
  • Packing, crating, relocating and unpacking of the Analytical and Coatings departments, including specialist attention of the Omissions Chamber. This was wrapped in anti-static bubble and received a shrink wrap finish, all displays were covered in card, the unit was the provided sponge profiles on each corner and finally everything was held into place by a final layer of shrink wrap.
  • Schedule for the physical relocation to be in two phases. One phase estimated at taking six days from start of collection to delivery and one phase over seven days with the heavy specialist plastics machinery being relocated at the same time as one of the two main phases and taking approximately four days from start of collection to delivery.
  • We also included a day for a pre-preparation crew who prepped the bespoke Novak crates and delivered the materials and specialist equipment such as scissor lifts and stair walkers to site.

Specialist Equipment

The specialist equipment being relocation included:

  • Specialist heavy services for the relocation of the below items to Ghent.
  • 1 x Demag Injection Moulding machine: 4.3m x 1.43m x 1.853m – 4500kgs.
  • 1 x Dryer: 1.0m x 0.6m x 1.9m – approx. 400kgs.
  • Hoppers for Dryer: 1.8m x 0.7m x 1.6m – 200kgs.
  • 1 x Dryer: 1.4m x 1.0m x 1.9m – approx. 400kgs.
  • Hoppers for Dryer: 2.8m x 1.0m x 1.8m – approx. 300kgs.
  • 1 x CNC Router: 1.6m x 1.65m x 1.45m – approx. 1000kgs.

In addition to the above, we provided Eastman’s with a team for handling the unwanted furniture from the offices, admin area, boardroom and meeting rooms and, due to overseas chemical transfers being subject to very strict regulations, an audit of the MSDS chemical list and quantities, ensuring we worked within all European regulations.

The Result

Due to providing a dedicated Project Manager and Project Team on this project, we were able to condense the programme in to fewer days than originally planned, without any negative effect on the quality of service delivery.


“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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