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Council moves challenges

THE relocation of the City of Perth’s administration from two city premises to the refurbished Council House could well be the largest and most strategically difficult commercial moving assignment to be tackled in Perth this year.

Commercial mover Chess Wilson had to move seven floors of office space and five additional storage areas accommodating 230 staff members over a single weekend.

To cause as little disruption to work as possible, priority items such computers and working files had to be in place for normal Council hours on Monday morning.

Chess Wilson’s Wayne Walker said the success was a result of meticulous pre-planning and close consultation with the client — followed by almost around the clock work.

“A shift of this magnitude is a bit like going into battle — you have to carefully pre-plan the move, taking into consideration all the things that can go wrong, putting in place contingency strategies for when things don’t go according to plan,” Mr Walker said.

“There are a number of issues that are crucial in office relocations — ensuring that work files and records are not misplaced or even lost during transit, making sure that sensitive electronic equipment is not damaged or severely jolted and fitting office furniture into its rightful place.

“There were a lot of other important issues such as limited vehicle access, lift availability, priority items, items that were particularly difficult, such as a bulky 1,100 kg safe that stretched the weight limit of the lifts,” he said.

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