Pickfords moves MTL

Case study: Measurement Technology Ltd relocation of manufacturing facility

Industrial Engineering

Pickfords Business Solutions provided a fully-managed removals service to MTL, moving their entire operation from six buildings in central Luton into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Butterfield Park; the largest move in Luton in five years.


  • Minimise disruption and loss of manufacturing capacity during the relocation operation, focusing on weekend activity to minimise any downtime
  • Relocation of assembly benching and equipment in an anti-static clean room environment, requiring strict protocols to ensure stability of circuitry during relocation,
  • Relocation of stores composing of raw materials, product, packaging and racking and shelving, including dismantling, transport and re-assembly
  • Relocation of all offices and archives
  • Providing Goods In Transit Insurance to cover the machinery value of £3,380,000 on a “new for old” basis to protect the client

Logistical planning

Pickfords worked in partnership with Merritt’s Transport Services in planning methods of working at the site. Together the team overcame logistical challenges; one challenge was to extract machinery from the first and second floors, with access only available via the roof. Following the extraction, Pickfords needed to lay down the machinery in large environmental chambers, which had been partitioned since the original design and plan.

Second stage

Following the successful purchase of RTK by MTL’s parent company, Eaton, based in Knaresborough, Pickfords was employed to transfer the required departments to Luton and provide environmental clearance for unwanted furniture and equipment. Pickfords overcame the logistical challenge of needing carry out internal re-stacking of MTL assets to provide adequate space for RTK’s office and manufacturing facility.

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