Sustainable Streamlining Move for the NHS

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Client profile

Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services (MOHHS) is part of the government's New Hospital initiative – the biggest building programme in a generation and is backed by an initial £3.7 billion of investment to provide better care for patients, an improved working environment for staff and to help the NHS reach its net zero carbon ambition.

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Client challenge

Just as in private sector industries, the post-pandemic reality of hybrid working has highlighted and enabled space efficiencies within the NHS. After careful consideration of the possibilities MOHHS had a time critical need to relocate 40 people from another building to the Finance area, whilst refurbishing and redesigning the space. A recommendation for Active Workplace Solutions came through Ridge & Partners LLP, an approved supplier for property services to NHS frameworks, and Active were put through the exacting procurement process alongside their competition.

MOHHS were looking for a supplier that could firstly fit into very tight timescales and equally importantly keep to high standards of sustainability when delivering the project. The aim of the project was to leverage the cost savings available through the adoption of new working practices, remove any unused furniture and reduce any excessively large workspaces – a complete reconfiguration of the space.

Active solution

Active undertook pre-move site surveys,project planning and crate management whilst liaising closely with the project team within the NHS. Active were able to assist with the appropriate recycling of desks and equipment and, where appropriate, sustainable disposal. They delivered pre-packing assistance with stationary, consumables and desktop IT before embarking on five separate relocation exercises over the project lifetime of 3 weeks.

At each stage, furniture was carefully identified for re-use or recycling in order to minimise waste during the move –particularly excess desks, pedestals, and bookshelves. Forty staff members were moved out from the Finance area before the space was reconfigured and 60 staff were accommodated into the reconfigured and streamlined office design from two alternative areas of the building.

Client quote

Active delivered for us on all levels. They have high standards in their communications and work ethics which makes a project so much easier to implement. Their ethos of sustainability and recycle/reuse was a perfect match for own green agenda. A great job – thanks to all!

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