Laboratory Relocations

LABORATORY Relocations

Nifty Business Movers performs a range of Laboratory relocations, particularly over the last decade. Consisting of laboratory moves across the UK and Europe. We know laboratory relocations require special skills due to the nature of the multi-national scientific industry, so we’re here to help.

Understanding Laboratory Relocations

Laboratory Relocation

Our specialist knowledge and expertise in laboratory relocations help when it comes to moving laboratory equipment. In addition, our knowledge and experience of moving a laboratory make planning a relocation more straightforward. We liaise with laboratory managers to make sure a major lab relocation isn’t a logistical challenge.

With thorough planning, all laboratory equipment and contents can be moved safely. Our extensive experience of carrying live and hazardous materials both between locations results in laboratory relocations being safe, smooth, and efficient.

Our goal is to minimise risks for all our clients, especially as we understand the hazardous factors that require consideration during laboratory relocations.

Finally, we know laboratory relocations can be rare, particularly for long-established colleges, universities, and scientific organisations. Therefore, know what’s at stake.

However, we understand the unique nature of scientific work, every laboratory is different. As a result, we plan every detail, prepare fully, and communicate with you at all times to minimise cross-contamination. 

Experience Counts with Laboratory Relocations

Laboratory relocations need knowledge and understanding. Our Lab removals team have a knowledge of authority to make life that little bit easier when relocating your laboratory.

Our experience in laboratory moves includes multi-lab churn, equipment moving from one lab to another, and lastly relocating equipment from that destination to a third laboratory. In this case, all three locations were in different countries. Therefore, no matter how complex your laboratory relocation is, we are the experts in lab moves.

In contrast, other laboratory relocations have been more simple. Such as, labs moving within the same building or relocating across the same city.

Nonetheless, all moves have the same fundamental requirements, regardless of location. Nifty Business Movers will relocate your laboratory to the standards of safeguarding equipment and materials across Bio-safety levels 1-4.

Planning a Laboratory Removal

Laboratory removals arguably need the most care and attention when planning to relocate a laboratory. From creating a lab relocation team to mitigating risk factors, laboratory relocations are complex and require experts to move.

Laboratory move logistics are key when you start to plan your lab relocation, it’s important that this is planned at the start, as far in advance of the move date as possible. In turn, this will allow for a detailed timeline to be created and implemented to ensure the right resource and all requirements are adhered to. However, with a lab move, it’s likely that there are unforeseen complications, therefore it’s essential that each eventuality is planned for during your lab relocation.

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The better the planning, the better the move. Get the key people from the laboratory and removals company together as early as possible in the planning process. This means all parties fully understand the laboratory relocation requirements, deadlines, and specifics.


For all laboratory relocations, our specialist team must conduct thorough surveys of the existing and new laboratories. There are many considerations that we will discuss to help assess and allocate the appropriate resources. Including timescales, packing mediums, and protective materials we require.


The initial planning meetings and site surveys for all laboratory move usually identify areas of concern or potential issues. This is when contingency planning comes into play. General areas on contingency planning might include parking, access, and lift usage.


The same stringent safety practices from the laboratory need to continue throughout the laboratory relocation. Moving chemicals and hazardous materials from one location to the next will be done safely.
For example, laboratory moves where the public highway is used, a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) is required by law. This is to ensure we transport all chemical and dangerous substances safely and legally. Including the correct placarding, labelling, and documentation we require. All relevant regulations, including COSHH are we adhere to.


IT is a fundamental part of any organisation and laboratories are no exception. We will ensure you have adequate backups before you move. In addition, we advise a back up of data is stored locally, onto a server, or other external device before the move. One of the most essential factors of a move is having IT and telecoms services fully functional. Minimising any disruption for staff arriving for work on their first day in the new premises.


In some cases a fridge or freezer will need to be left for 24hrs before re-connecting to power, allowing gases to settle and ensures the equipment operates correctly. This avoids compromising the contents. Where the freezers need lifting or tilting during the laboratory relocation, we may need to remove contents due to weight constraints. Finally, we will take care to select the most cost-effective solution to meet the temperature requirements of the materials. This avoids compromising them during the relocation.


If we need to move the fridge or freezer contents in a ‘live condition’ in the refrigeration unit, we will pack and secure it prior to relocation. If weight is an issue (requires being carried up or down staircases), we may plan to use a spare fridge or polystyrene chill container to chill the contents until the unit is ready in the new location. However, it is sometimes possible to use a generator vehicle throughout the laboratory relocation. This allows the fridge or freezer to keep power and maintain temperatures during transit.


Timing and coordination is the key to a successful laboratory move, particularly when moving equipment. With service companies usually responsible for the disconnection right through to calibration of equipment, there can be several service providers involved. Even on a relatively small laboratory move. This escalates the importance of timing and coordinating the number of people working in the laboratory on any given day to achieve shut-down on move day.


While typically easier to move than the technical elements, the conventional desks, chairs, filing etc. We try not to overlook this during a laboratory move. Specialist crates make moving files and paperwork a much easier task and a well-planned labelling and packing system can streamline the process.


When we transport everything to the new site, there is usually a proportion of redundant furniture and equipment. Care should be taken to clear the items from the site and make arrangements for their recycling or disposal. Equipment will need to go through decontamination (where applicable) before we can recycle it. A decontamination certificate will need to accompany each item.

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