Anglia Ruskin University


  • Location | Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Value | £700,000
  • Power | 90m2
  • Duration | 3 Months

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the largest universities in the East of England with around 30,000 students. In 2010 the University proposed new plans to build a new data centre as part of a 5 year IT strategy that would increase their outstanding reputation for innovation and achievement.

The Brief

Sudlows were selected as the main contractor for the exciting project initially aimed at developing a highly available, energy efficient and secure communications facility at
the Cambridge campus which would integrate all IT systems.

The end design was expected to be mindful of present and emerging UK Government policies covering carbon reduction, energy usage and environmental sustainability; something Sudlows have plenty of experience in providing as active members of The Green Grid consortium and Endorsers of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.

From the moment Sudlows won the contract, we held detailed discussions and site inspections to look into the most suitable power, cooling and environmental monitoring preferences. This crucial phase helps build an accurate picture of how our clients want to progress.


Data Centre Components

• 3 x 100kVA N+1 UPS
• 550kVA generator set
• 4000 litre bulk tank
• Bespoke Low Voltage switchboard panel
• LED panel lighting
• Smartcool Free Cooling CRAC unit with outdoor dry coolers
• Cold Aisle Containment
• Fire detection and suppression systems
• Optical Fibre and Cat 6A systems for high bandwidth applications

Sudlows have proudly engineered a high power data centre that achieves an annualised PUE of 1.4 and an even more desirable 1.2 rating in the colder months of the year. This could only be achieved by carefully selecting the most suitable technologies and is great news for a University of its size.

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