Government Facility Relocations

If you’re planning to relocate a government facility, you’ll know that there are a multitude of important considerations.

Getting a team of experienced specialist project managers involved at the outset will help reduce the overwhelm and ensure a seamless relocation.

B&W Consulting have been supporting Government departments with their relocations since 2005. We have successfully project managed numerous relocations for a range of different government departments. Some of our current and past clients include NZ Defence Force, Ministry of Justice, NZ Police, as well as a number of other Departments and Ministries.

Large government departments can require the relocation of literally thousands of individual items ranging from furniture, desktop hardware, servers, printers, shelving and secure documents.  Each item requires mapping from its current location to its new location.

When you entrust B&W Consulting with the project management of your relocation, you can rest assured we have proven methodology to make the transition as seamless as possible.

What do you need to consider during a government facility move?

B&W have been entrusted to plan and manage the relocation of secure government documents & items

The nature of these documents requires meticulous planning to ensure full accountability and that security is not breached at any point of the relocation.

Reduce the risk of highly sensitive information or materials going astray by working with our team of experienced, friendly and highly organised professionals.

These are just a few of the things to plan for and consider…

  • Evidentiary Material - including firearms, exhibits and computers
  • Classified Materials
  • Accountable, Confidential and Secret Documents
  • Priceless Artefacts
  • Office Furniture
  • Voice and Data Technology
  • Disposal of surplus items
  • Storage Analysis
  • Move sequence, duration and timing

The list goes on!


This is how we help with government facility relocations

Every work place, organisation or business relocation comes with it’s own unique set of challenges but no need to worry about it!
We’ve done it all before and know the process from start to finish.

This is what we do for you to ensure a seamless move.

We plan and project manage from start to finish

Avoid the stress and worry by letting us plan and manage your relocation. We ensure that everything is planned – taking care of the who, what, where, when and how?

We listen and communicate effectively

From our initial meeting, the planning phase can span many months. We ask the right questions and keep you informed through comprehensive documentation every step of the way.

We consider the things you haven’t

We are experts at thinking about the smaller details and leave no stone unturned. Our planning encompasses not only critical equipment but everything required in the new facility, including the coffee machine!

We’ve got the right contacts

Not sure where to begin? Just call us. We plan from the high level ‘big picture’ through to the minute details and we know trusted third parties to include as and when required.

We provide services and solutions from the initial planning and project management, right through to getting you in the door and fully operational again.

What are our Service Options?

Our approach to ensure a successful relocation, with minimal disruption to business continuity, is to not only consider the pure logistics of the move, but also to ensure facility and staff preparedness.

Our range of services help to ensure that every single item, process, and person is in place, ready for a seamless start-up on “go live” day in the new location.

  • Our specialty lies in the planning and project management of large and/or complex relocations across all industries in New Zealand and Australia.

  • B&W can undertake people or space audits to support the allocation of space in existing and/or new premises.

  • We have the logistics expertise to schedule and manage the soft fit-out of your premises.

  • B&W can work with you to develop an A-Z document which lists everything to be planned or arranged to ensure a seamless start up on ‘go live’ day!

  • We can work with you to determine your storage requirements: capacity and solutions.

  • We can help you to plan and manage your exit or decommission of buildings and provide solutions for surplus FF&E.

Government Facility Relocation Projects

From large to small, these are just a few of the government facilities we’ve helped over the years. 


Working with an internal project team, B&W planned and managed the relocation of Waka Kotahi from various Wellington buildings into new premises in Bowen Street, Wellington. The logistics planning incorporated the re-use of significant amounts of FF&E.


As part of the Mahi Anamata Project Team, B&W scoped, planned and executed a sequence of relocations to support a fit out upgrade programme in MFAT’s Head Office. The internal moves occurred within tight space, time, security, storage and other limitations or restrictions.


Appointed as the Relocations Manager to provide dedicated and specialist project management services for the planning and management of relocations for the Mayfair House Project. The MHP encompassed 1000+ Department of Corrections National Office staff from Freyberg House in Thorndon, Wellington to Mayfair House on The Terrace in Wellington.


Engaged to plan and manage multiple staff relocations for Wellington City Council, including high level planning for Library relocations.

Relocation of Christchurch Central Police Station to the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

Auckland Custody Unit move from Central to Mt Eden Prison site

Relocation of Tauranga Central Police Station

Relocation of Auckland Prosecutions

Relocation of the Auckland Public Defence Service.

Relocation of the District and High Courts in Christchurch into the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct. The project included the Maori Courts, Disputes Tribunal and Coronial Services.

Project management for the “go live” of refurbished courts and the internal relocation of staff.

Relocation Project Manager for the new Christchurch Hospital Hagley Building housing Radiology, Emergency Department, ICU, Theatres, Inpatient Wards and more. Delivery of full Macro Plan and detailed Daily Activity Schedule for implementation in 2020.

Relocation Project Manager for the Christchurch Outpatient Facility which went live in 2018.

Relocation of approximately 1200 MOH staff, including significant amounts of re-use furniture and file room containing accountable documents.

2019- 2020
Engaged to plan and manage the relocation of approximately 600 staff between three Wellington CBD locations with significant re-use of FF&E.

Planning and management of the relocation of approximately 1400 staff from 4 Wellington CBD locations into two destination buildings

Relocation project management for the move of approximately 2000 staff from National Office premises in Bowen Street to 56 and 89 The Terrace.

Planning and management of the relocation.

Significant accommodation project to consolidate IRD staff between Wellington CBD premises. Number of affected staff is in the vicinity of 1000.

Relocation of approximately 2500 staff from 9 or more Wellington CBD locations into the new Featherston Street building and two Wellington CBD locations.

Engaged to manage relocations at Manukau, Takapuna and Lower Hutt. Total staff numbers are approximately 1400.

Relocation of Tauranga City Council which included significant amounts of re-use furniture.

B&W were appointed Accommodation Project Managers for the Auckland Council (initially through the Auckland Transition Agency). After undertaking initial detailed audits and macro planning in late 2009 and the beginning of 2010, approximately 2500 Council staff were relocated between September and Christmas 2010 between existing Council buildings spread from Pukekohe to Orewa. The relocations were large and complex due to the multiple pick-up and destination sites for each move.
Auckland Council continue to engage B&W to undertake relocations and corporate accommodation activities.

Engaged to plan and manage a complex restacking of various NZDF premises.

Relocation of 700+ staff into the new Defence Force Headquarters.

Logistics Project Managers for the exit of all collections and approximately 320 staff from the National Library. The collections were, in the main, packed and relocated to decanting locations in accordance with stringent conditions which were developed, documented and signed off by the client. The collectons returned to the reburbished Library in 2012.

Council’s Head Office functions (700+ staff) relocated from eight separate locations into the new Civic Centre. The move included all existing furniture and a substantial holding of records.

Development of Relocation Project Execution Plan for management by local resource for the Council’s move into Brisbane Square.

B&W were contracted to project manage the relocation of approximately 1200 staff into the new Civic Centre in August/September 2010. Part way through the 6 week relocation project, the Christchurch earthquake occurred which resulted in the need to undertake an additional (approximate) 500 relocations under extreme circumstances and within a very short time. It was imperative to get the Council up and running in temporary accommodation in order that they could support the City.

Ready for a plan?

If you need a smooth and seamless transition, get us involved in your relocation project from the start!