Alder Hey Hospital Relocation
Office Removal Case Studies
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust needed a company to assist with their relocation to the new Alder Hey in The Park. After a rigorous tendering process, BCL were awarded the contract in May 2015.
Project management and planning was the key to success
The planning process was crucial to the success of the project; the move program was over a short period of time to minimise or eliminate any disruption to the hospital. BCL Office Moving wanted to ensure that every stakeholder at the hospital was fully aware of all the details and that their needs were completely met. Paul Flowers (Regional Sales Manager) and Mick Cook (Project Manager) met with staff from every department over a three week period to ascertain their requirements and the scope of the project as a whole. Once all the information had been gathered, the team produced a detailed schedule and resource plan. This included specific dates, times any special requirements for every department. Further planning meetings were held with the Alder Hey project team where this was agreed, BCL Office Moving then commenced putting the plan into action.
There were 7155 crates to be distributed across the hospital, this took place 2 weeks before the move. Mick, the project manager, hand delivered all of the crate labels to every department. He took this as an opportunity to further discuss the fine details of the fast approaching relocation with the staff, detailing their role within the move & answering any questions or queries.
No disruption to A&E, no downtime for this essential service
On the 28th of September 2015, the relocation began. After individual team briefings and induction to site, the move teams commenced the task of relocating 80,000 cubic feet of furniture, hospital equipment, crates and IT to the newly constructed site. BCL Office Moving were on site for nine days, at some stages overnight. Specifically, when the Accident and Emergency department was moved there was zero downtime. This was achieved by A&E running concurrently at both sites, only when the new function was fully operational was the old one closed.
The BCL Office Moving team worked to floor plans for all 77 departments. Each piece of furniture and equipment, all 120 pieces of IT and each and every of the 7155 crates were placed in the right part of the right room within the groundbreaking new facility – Alder Hey in The Park.
On completion of the main project, a BCL team remained on site for two weeks to assist with collection of crates and help in any way they could to ensure the staff had everything they needed. Mick and Paul then had a final meeting with the Alder Hey project team – the project had been completed and BCL Office Moving was both delighted and proud of the feedback received from Alder Hey.
“We never would have got to where we are without both your knowledge and expertise. From start to finish the job was done to a high standard and couldn’t fault anyone or anything throughout the whole process.
Working with Mick has been an absolute pleasure and couldn’t speak highly enough of him. From visiting all of the areas on the old site, to project managing the team throughout the whole move was effortless for him. Also, when it came to explaining the process to individuals within each of the departments, it was never a problem, covering every detail until they felt confident with what was happening.
And finally thanks to all your team that actually made the move happen. All were very professional throughout and couldn’t do enough for you. With delivering over 7000 crates and furniture in the space of 9 days, shows how hard they worked to get the job done.” - Adam and Chris, Alder Hey in the Park, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
While challenging, the Alder Hey project was a unique and intensely rewarding project for BCL Office Moving. Paul Flowers commented “It was a real privilege for BCL to be the chosen relocation contractor to undertake the biggest relocation in the North West this year. Alder Hey Hospital do a lot of great work for sick children, and to be involved in moving them to the new hospital was a great honour. We hope to continue working alongside the Alder Hey team in years to come”.