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Medicines Discovery

8 October 2020

The Project

David Hillier was appointed as the Project Manager to deliver the fit-out & refurbishment works and manage the appointed contractors, including the MEP contractor and the various OEM’s involved.  The project involved the office and specialist laboratory space relocation including Cat2 Laboratories and CATA and CATB fit-outs.


David and the Johnsons team worked to deliver a soft landing of specialist equipment including:

  • Mass Spectrometry, Microscopy Tissue Processing and General Analytical Lab Equipment.
  • Coordination of cradle to the grave installation process of all laboratory apparatus including full coordination of OEM’s equipment.
  • Relationship building with international and regional OEM teams consisting of Carl Zeiss, Bruker and Waters.

Key Deliverables

As a result of Covid-19, the Light House Lab project materialised, and David was appointed by the client to deliver the project at Alderley Park.

The project involved:

  • Property project management, assisting with the refurbishment and upgrade of existing CAT2 Labs creating and supporting the national diagnostic lab network, to support the fight against COVID-19 building industrial testing capacity. Project lead on landlord and tenant interface, collaboration role within property and asset managing team focusing on time-driven delivery for the facility in line with government timelines.
  • Working with the FM Team to coordinate delivery and installation of specialist lab equipment, ranging from PCR Machines to Hamilton Robotics. International and regional coordination of installation program with suppliers Hamilton, CAS.

The project also involved the relocation of staff personal crates, IT and equipment.


“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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