The IT decisions behind one of the UK's largest construction projects

Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 2:00 PM by Advanced, Editor

Why a private cloud was chosen for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project

The Thames Tideway Tunnel project is designed to give London’s Victorian sewer system the capacity to cope with the sizeable demands placed on it by the capital’s 21st century-sized population.

The 25km tunnel will divert the sewage that regularly overflowsinto the River Thames so it can be efficiently conveyed elsewhere for treatment.

The project is being spearheaded by Tideway, which will assume day-to-day responsibility for its maintenance once the tunnel is built, while Thames Water will be in charge of operating it as part of the wider London sewerage system.

With tunnelling due to begin this year, Tideway has enlisted the help of managed service provider Advanced 365 to handle the IT infrastructure underpinning the work.

Advanced’s team will provide Tideway with access to human resources (HR) and finance systems, as well as more general business productivity software. All this will be hosted in a private cloud setup, housed in Advanced 365’s own Tier 3 datacentre.

Although plans for the project have been more than a decade in the making, it was not until August 2015 that details were finalised for who would finance the construction phase, with purposebuilt investment firm Bazalgette Tunnel emerging as the winner.

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