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Natural Resources Wales

9 November 2017


  • Move management
  • Multi-phase relocation between buildings
  • Chemical, instrument and equipment relocation
  • Pre and post move assistance
  • Provision of crate hire
  • Furniture and IT equipment relocation
  • IT decommission and recommission

The Project

Natural Resource Wales provided the opportunity for a removals company to relocate their Llanelli laboratory to their new, purpose built £xxx site in Swansea. Johnsons were presented this opportunity and carried out the project for them from December 2016 to February 2017.


A research study showed the Llanelli Laboratory site was deemed to be unsuitable for future development of the analytical service. Therefore, a bespoke laboratory relocation, full operational and project management services were required to effect a smooth transition to the new Faraday Building, Singleton Campus at Swansea University, with minimum business critical downtime.

Categories of items included in this move encompass:

  • Instrumentation
  • Cold Chain Materials
  • Dangerous goods / chemicals (including reagents)
  • General lab consumables
  • Office Equipment, furniture, IT and associated office items (files etc.)
  • Data (hard copy files)

Critical Success Factors

  • Preventing unauthorised access to the site throughout the period of the contract.
  • Prevent any interruption of the services supplies to the surrounding building at any time throughout the period of the contract.
  • Preventing any disturbance or interruption to the normal operations of the existing buildings in use at any time throughout the period of the contract.
  • Ensuring that all components required for the project were delivered to and installed within the project.

The Result

By providing a flexible and dynamic approach to this programme and providing Natural Resource Wales with a dedicated Move Management team from project inception through to completion, we were able to manage changes accordingly and still complete the project within the required time frame, with as little disruption to the workforce as possible. The post-move team were on site to complete a snags during their workforce’s first day back in, but were met with little issues.


“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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