In 2019 pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squib (BMS) acquired Celgene. Our brief was to consolidate their two office locations into one newly expanded facility in Uxbridge, London, relocating over 400 Celgene staff in accordance with BMS’s refurbishment and expansion plans.
We provided project management services from the early planning stages, taking care of the offsite furniture storage and removals at the BMS site ready for construction works. This was followed by the clearance of all furniture and office equipment and the complete closure of the Celgene site. This was all achieved in line with the client’s project programme and timescales. We minimised waste by recycling unwanted furniture and donating unwanted office equipment to local charities and schools.
And we managed the whole project while complying with government COVID-19 restrictions.
Ground Floor planning and furniture removal
YWS played a pivotal role during the early stages of planning by liaising with the client’s project team, the appointed architect, and the facilities manager. We helped to determine which furniture was to be disposed of and which was to be stored offsite. We project managed the entire process from removals, to sourcing an appropriate offsite storage solution, transportation and recycling. This was all in accordance with the project team’s timescales and we remained flexible at all times to meet this.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, employees were not permitted on site to clear their own office space. This wasn’t an issue for us, and we packed 400 individual workstations, kitchen equipment and communal areas into crates. We made contact with employees, organised transport routes and personally delivered 160 personal boxes to employees’ homes.
Floors 1 and 2 furniture removal
YWS worked closely with the client’s architect and construction company to move and store furniture onsite. Furniture was stored on the designated floors, often at reduced capacity and moved in accordance with the refurbishment schedule. We recycled any unwanted furniture and sourced and liaised with multiple charities to donate furniture and office supplies.
Departmental office clearance
YWS was the single point of contact for all 400+ staff. Departmental ambassadors were appointed, and we supervised staff attendance in line with continued COVID-19 restrictions. We planned and coordinated all removals and supervised the off-site archiving of 740 boxes and managed the spreadsheets with the US to meet their records retention guidelines.
In addition, we managed suppliers on the client’s behalf, including catering, cleaning, security, health and safety.
Final office clearance and closure
YWS was responsible for the full building clearance. This included running weekly virtual workshops with all departments, particularly IT.
99.6% waste recycled and donated
Only 2 waste management containers used
79,459kg of furniture diverted from landfill
70,702 kg/CO2e saving
Waste diverted from landfill by recycling or donating
559 storage units
449 computer screens
Charities/schools donated to;
The Hope Hub, British Heart Foundation, Churches Together Food Bank,
Ryefield School, Collingwood College, The Salvation Army, Business 4 schools, Claxton House Community Centre, Crawley Ridge Junior School.
Regi Taylor, Celgene