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Cotswolds-based CTDM - Press Release

Cotswolds-based management consultancy CTDM Ltd re-homes Housing Trust

Following the formation of the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust in June 2006, the search for new premises for the newly formed charity began in ernest as the option to continue to rent office space from their landlord was strictly limited.

With office space and land suitable for redevelopment being increasingly difficult to resource, VAHT had the additional challenge of being situated within a location undergoing significant structural redevelopment as much of the available commercial property had already been secured to provide for extensive redevelopment of the town centre. With the clock ticking relentlessly, VAHT were able to secure suitable office space, However, this was within a building that required significant renovation before they could occupy it.

Because VAHT was effectively a new company, albeit one that had inherrited many of the existing Council employee's, this would be more that simply an office renovation and move as much of their infrastructure continued to be provided by their Public Sector landlords. It was at this point that the management Consultants, CTDM Limited of Chalford in Gloucestershire were appointed to project manage the migration

“Because our landlords provided so much of what most businesses take for granted, such as telephony, internal mail, security, utilities, car parking and so on, we realised that our Trust needed to evolve as well as migrate”, said Matthew Applegate, Chief Executive, Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, “and it was therefore essential that our Project Manager understood our business and it’s future requirements in order to deliver our expectations”

The Housing Trust had been located in three separate locations within Aylesbury which in itself had been a barrier to effective communication and the Chief Executive's vision of a one-team philosophy. “The new location was built in the early 80’s and had been vacant for many years before the Trust took it over and therefore while the refurbishment internally looked to be mainly cosmetic” said Rupert Ellis of CTDM Limited, “significant works were required to the roof and throughout the building, especially in terms of Health and Safety and DDA compliance.”

CTDM managed the tender process to establish preferred suppliers for the migration, providing alternatives in terms of office furniture solutions and internal décor while providing valuable input into the new systems, working policies and practises that would be required in their new home. “In CTDM we found a concientious and dependable one-stop-shop for our office move”, said Matthew Applegate, “and with Rupert Ellis taking overall charge of the project, providing a single point of contact and more importantly, continuity throughout the planning and execution, I was confident that we would move on-time and within budget”.

CTDM developed strategies and put in place contingencies for each eventuality that may have threatened to derail the move and continued to appraise VAHT of potential problems while proposing solutions and taking affirmative action. In addition, their background in recruitment, business management, health and safety and being veterans of previous corporate migrations, CTDM were able to provide quality advice and real-world solutions in order to assist the Trust evolve into their new premises without significant disruption to their tennants.

“Rupert certainly lived up to their companies motto of being 'the consultants that deliver more' as CTDM delivered not just on the migration project, but also contributed greatly to our company in terms of advice and support including the induction of our newly appointed Facilities Manager” said Matthew Applegate.

The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust moved into Fairfax House on time and within budget with Rupert Ellis of CTDM handing over the key’s to the building to the Chief Executive, Matthew Applegate. A photo diary of the migration project is available online at

Posted : 20/11/2007 17:34:07

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