University of Portsmouth


  • Location | Portsmouth
  • Value | £2.25 Million
  • Size | 300m² - Modula
  • Duration | 3 Months

The University of Portsmouth is ranked amongst the top 400 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University has over 23,000 students, including 3,000 from over 100 countries, supported by over 2,500 staff.

The Brief

Sudlows were awarded the contract to design and build a new £2.25million modular facility, to be installed and commissioned ready in time for the start of the new academic year. The primary focus was on the successful migration of the existing Mercantile house data centre to the new, purpose built, modular facility.

The new building was to be a dedicated facility, modular in construction, allowing for a rapid deployment and flexible aesthetics. Once operational, the new facility would provide the University with a highly efficient integrated system with high levels of resilience and incorporating sufficient capacity to allow the University to expand their current IT demands significantly whilst maintaining the designed level of resilience and efficiency.

The Conclusion

The entire project was completed within a 9 week on-site timeframe and utilised off-site manufacture to achieve this programme. Despite several circumstances that threatened to delay the project, a successful migration taking only 72 hours was delivered, as scheduled, from the outset.

The University of Portsmouth is a typical mixed use data centre which houses multiple vendors’ equipment and therefore needs to be flexible in accommodating changes in IT approach over the 20 year design life. The solution delivered successfully achieves this whilst supporting the densities required with maximised efficiency.


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