Leading Bank Case Study

This financial institution is centred in the UK, with its headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland. It supports customer with access to international markets in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

The Challenge

The client had constructed four new data halls to centralise, update, and expand its data centre capacity. Each data hall required 10,000 sqft of technical space.

Two data halls already had structured cabling solution cabinet and energy management system fit outs to house all of the production services IT infrastructure.

An essential element of this new data space was the 'non-active' structured cabling system that also included an intelligent infrastructure management system, IT equipment cabinets and an environmental monitoring system. A project of this size presented several challenges:

  • Undertaking a simultaneous fit out of two data halls both totalling 10,000 sqft presented challenges for both Redstone’s labour requirements as well as their third party contractors.
  • The 4000 sqft onsite storage facility was only half the size Redstone usually works with for a single hall fit out. This required tight co-ordination. There was also the consideration of out of hours deliveries in this residential area.
  • Maintaining Class 6 ISO standards in all four halls during fit-out works.
  • Coordination of deliveries and WAN dig works during the build-up to the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Coordination and management of the site construction design management for Redstone and the client.
  • Working with a new energy management system supplier and developing a new product range.
  • It was a fast track programme: The contractual infrastructure install works took place over a six week period.

The Results

The project was successfully delivered to a world-class standard. Redstone not only met all of the client expectations but delivered it within budget. And, as an additional benefit by using Anixter's READY!SM Services, Redstone was able to demonstrate a carbon-friendly approach to the technology deployment, which resulted in:

92%OF CARDBOARD DIVERTED FROM THE JOB SITE AND RECYCLED (2,967 KG)
55%PLASTIC ELIMINATED FROM JOB SITE (19 KG)
100%WOOD PRODUCTS DIVERTED/COLLECTED FROM SITE AND RECYCLED (2,460 KG)

Factors contributing to our successful delivery:

  • PROJECT TEAM EXPERIENCE

    The seven man management team had 65 years of project experience.

  • OFF SITE PRE-FABRICATION

    Redstone's London off-site pre-termination facility was a key success factor in delivering the project to a high standard in a very short timescale. This state of the art facility provided the ability to work 24x7 at both locations to cope with the peak times in the project. Employing highly qualified and dedicated fibre and copper engineering teams enabled the client to work closely with Redstone's project engineers to realise the proof of concept prior to delivery on site, making any necessary changes. In addition, Redstone’s pre-testing of the system off site provided a high level of performance as any issues were resolved before arriving to site.

  • FAST TRACK IMPLEMENTATION

    Redstone deployed two project managers to ensure the critical delivery timings and priorities of the rolling schedule were met. Good organisation and strict processes were developed in order to source requirements and to expedite timings.

  • FLEXIBILITY

    The Redstone project management team outlined the challenges at the beginning and what the impacts could be, and communicated it in a way that built understanding and trust from the outset. All parties needed to buy in to the aggressive delivery schedule and work closely to successfully deliver in the agreed time scale.

  • THE THREE MAN DESIGN TEAM HAS 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

    The majority of the 60 engineers used on the project have been working with the same management and design teams for five years.

  • INTEGRATION

    Redstone was also responsible for ensuring the solution was integrated and delivered to design specifications, with temperature control being crucial to a data centre environment. In order to maintain the client’s environmental monitoring strategy a series of Sensorium monitoring tools were installed. The Sensorium products were installed by 2BM - a highly trained and fully accredited system integrator of the Sensorium product set.