Retailer data centre

Case Study


This major retailer required a fast track project to install and commission a new data centre facility to coincide with a fixed live date for its new business IT systems.

The Project

Sudlows DMCC were awarded the contract following a competitive tender with the brief to create a new main data centre for the retailer. Smaller sites would be consolidated into this new facility with the old data centre becoming the retailer’s DR.

The data centre utilises cold aisle containment to allow high density rack deployment. Dedicated cooling corridors separate the mechanical plant from the white space.

The 2N UPS distribution was designed in a modular way to ensure the initial capacity could be right sized while allowing future space for additional UPS units to be configured in parallel. The final deployment will be 90 racks at 600kW 2N.

Tight timescales on this greenfield project required close co-ordination and overlap between civil, MEP and IT teams. Sudlows DMCC’s experience in project management ensured the project was kept in-line and on track.

The Conclusion

Given the tight project timescales, Sudlows DMCC ensured best practice was followed in implementing the facility whilst driving the project forward to commissioning.

Our commissioning team produced and carried out a rigorous SAT and IST process which comprehensively tested the data centre before the IT migration took place.

It was during the pre-IST testing that an issue was discovered. The issue may have laid dormant for many years had the thorough testing and fault finding not been carried out. After rectifying the issue with the integrator, the IST was passed successfully and the facility exceeded the original design parameters. This gave the data centre manager extreme confidence in the retailer’s new infrastructure and the project was given the green light to move more positively to the migration stage.

Sudlows DMCC received an award and recognition for our contributions to the project which was completed on time and in-line with the retailer’s brief.


“The tight deadline on the delivery of this project presented a challenge which we were able to meet thanks to the comprehensive approach from our experienced project and commissioning teams.”
-John Rippingale, Associate Director at Sudlows DMCC




Tier III 90 rack data hall


Total 600kW IT load