Last edited 23 Oct 2020

Migration strategy

Once the client is certain that the project will proceed, they should appoint a senior director responsible for moving, who can stand their ground under pressure from various elements of management who may fight their corner during the stress and upheaval of moving. The job is one that requires the skillful co-ordination of a multitude of time consuming tasks. On larger projects this is likely to require a team of people working under the director, including an accommodation manager and perhaps a facilities manager.

After preparing a policy for occupation, setting out how the facility will be used (see article on occupation), the director and their team should prepare a migration strategy (or move in programme) setting out the procedures for moving in such a way as to minimise disruption whilst allowing the efficient re-use of assets from any existing facilities.

This migration strategy might include:

The client may also need to put procedures in place to move some of its staff and equipment so that it can continue to operate effectively during construction.

If the soft landings framework is adopted, there may be additional requirements to ensure a smooth transition from construction to occupation, and these should be included in appointment documents and contracts. See soft landings for more information.

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