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University of Hertfordshire

5 April 2018

University of Herfordshire


  • Project Move Management
  • Chemical Transfers
  • Scientific equipment relocation
  • Decom/Recom specialist equipment
  • Pack/ relocate/ unpack of general filing and paperwork crates and boxes

The Project

Following a successful tender submission, Johnsons Business Moves were awarded the opportunity to undertake the move management project at the University of Hertfordshire. This included of the relocation of; their Science Laboratory and teaching equipment, comprising of specialist equipment from the University’s existing science facilities to the New Science Building being constructed on another part of the campus.

The project was split into two phases; phase one we relocated approximately 35% of all items and phase two we relocated approximately 65% of the remaining items. Due to the split, we provided seven days of pre-planning to ensure all parties were aware of their responsibilities. Successful communication between ourselves, the University and additional contractors on site (Electricians, Gas Engineers and Specialist Equipment Engineers) was paramount for ensuring the project took place in accordance with the specification and all safety requirements.

Chemical Relocation

Johnsons provided 5 days of chemical moves with a fully qualified Chemical Technician and provided ADR Qualified Drivers. We moved over 6,000 different chemicals, making it one of the biggest chemical relocation’s we have carried out.


With this project carrying a high element of risk in terms of the chemicals being decanted, the high value of the science apparatus and the sheer volume of equipment being relocated, during our site visits, we identified and collated a number of potential hazards which could prove to be problematic should they occur. We worked closely with the University and created a risk register which highlighted mitigation put in to place. These were monitored by the Project Move Manager, Johnsons’ QHSE Manager and the University throughout, ensuring the works were being carried out in accordance with the agreed methods.

Also included in the project:

  • 2 days post move assistance per phase immediately after each phase was completed
  • Crate hire including coloured labels to identify where items are to be placed
  • Cages throughout the physical relocation days for larger items that wouldn’t fit in a crate
  • IT crates for small desk top laboratory and IT equipment
  • Safe protection, packing, transfer and unpacking of all specialist items
  • Dedicated packing team for lab and office effects

The Result

The Project Move Manager provided a second to none service to the University. The professionalism of his team, their communication skills and integrity ensured all works were carried out on time.

The running of this project proved to be so successful that the University have requested an agreement to be drawn up between ourselves and them, for future works on site.


“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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