Ashton Old Baths Data Centre
New Design/Build Data Centre Project Of The Year
Entry Description
The Data Centre designed and built by Sudlows on behalf of Tameside Council is located within the Grade II Listed, rejuvenated Victorian Bath House in Ashton-Under-Lyne named ‘Ashton Old Baths’.

Due to the Victorian features, the building housing the new Data Centre is very aesthetically pleasing and grand in stature, making it a truly unique Data Centre project in the UK.

The Grade II Listing of the building presented some engineering challenges for the Design and Delivery Teams at Sudlows. The requirement presented as a result of the building’s Listed status is that it needed to be constructed within the former bathing area without causing any damage to or requiring any structural changes to the building. The teams at Sudlows overcame this stringent requirement and focused the design of the Data Centre around utilising a steel frame and a modular wall and ceiling panel construction, making a ‘building within a building’.

The Data Centre is made up of a total of 36 cabinets and has 2no. A and B custom manufactured data centre submain boards to provide N+N critical power distribution to the server cabinets. This is backed up by 2 independent UPS systems on both the A and B power streams. The UPS and battery systems were installed in a separate plant room adjacent to the data hall. This room has its own climate control which will improve operating efficiencies of the proposed UPS system. The data hall is equipped with a gaseous fire suppression system with coverage/ protection to the IT room and associated floor void. The system consists of an environmentally friendly gas discharge system and double-knock point detection to protect against false alarms and nuisance discharge. The data centre is cooled by utilising 3no. Downflow Cooling Systems each rated at 45kW to provide cooling to a fully functional contained aisle system. The system is connected to the BMS control system. Cooling systems were installed to provide N+1 resilience using downflow CRAC systems providing redundancy at a system level so that in the event of a system failure, it will not affect the ability of the space to support the load. To allow for the customers future growth and expansion vision, a 4th set of interconnecting services and CRAC floor stand has been installed to allow for an efficient and quick installation as and when required. The Data Centre features a bespoke BMS system developed by Sudlows and one of our partners was installed, tested and commissioned to prove the full visibility of all the services connected and to prove critical alarms were received and sent to the Sudlows 24/7 remote helpdesk to allow an Engineer to attend the facility within the strict SLA’s.

For this project, Sudlows’ three key divisions of Critical Infrastructures, Enterprise Services and Facilities Management all worked together to deliver this project. Our Enterprise services and Smart Technology Team’s were also instructed to provide VSS and Access control solutions to the Data Centre to keep it secure.

Sudlows’ Facilities Management Team were also instructed to deliver a ten year management and maintenance contract of the facility offering reactive and preventative maintenance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

The Data Centre designed and built by Sudlows is a true fete of engineering due to its energy efficiency and unique aesthetics. The Data Centre is utilised by Tameside council and other Public Sector clients, including the NHS as well as making some space available to new, local businesses.
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