During the first stages of the Royal College of Surgeons’ (RCS) building redevelopment scheme, it was recognised that the IT department had to relocate within the building at short notice. The department’s old furniture was too large to fit within the smaller area available and so a quick and practical solution was required.
With only a few days’ notice we stepped in to help the RCS by using our environmental programme Refresh, which helps our customers to recycle and reused unwanted business assets including office furniture, IT and other business equipment. In conjunction with one of our existing customers, we dismantled, packed and delivered 22 no longer needed desks, chairs and pedestals to the RCS, which were then re-assembled to the new RCS specification, all without charge.
The need to completely empty the current IT department at very short notice, combined with limited internal resources, meant that computer hardware had to be moved from one desk directly to another, so it was critical to IT service continuity that new furniture was provided virtually immediately. Without this the IT department could not function and the refurbishment programme would have been compromised.
Our solution enabled the RCS to proceed with the tightly programmed refurbishment of its existing adjacent building, due to be used as temporary accommodation for three years before its main building in Lincoln’s Inn Fields is redeveloped, while ensuring continuity of IT service and support.
As a charity, the RCS is keen not to waste money which could be allocated to its charitable purpose of advancing surgical care, and is pleased to be able to re-use furniture sustainably sourced. We valued Harrow Green's ability to support us in the way, and at such short notice.
Jackie Weller Deputy Chief Executive of the RCS and Director of Project 2020