Evolved IT infrastructure and a new data centre home for The Sovini Group.

The Sovini Group: medium-sized registered social landlord – in excess of 13,000 homes.


Formed in 2011, The Sovini Group owns and manages over 13,600 affordable homes. Offering a unique end-to-end service that spans the property and construction supply chain, the company covers everything from the provision of trade supplies, building and refurbishing properties for habitation, and undertaking maintenance tasks such as the removal of asbestos.

Operating with a mission to create opportunities and change lives, The Sovini Group was voted ‘best workplace in the UK’ for a third time during 2021. This philanthropic mindset is evident throughout the business, with charity commitments including The Pride of Sefton — a private hire company-owned boat which sees profits re-invested in worthy causes such as the funding of concessionary trips for local charitable and community groups.


Having seen a change in preferred working styles as a result of the pandemic, the Group was keen to offer increased flexibility to its employees via a hybrid model. This decrease in occupancy led the company to vacate its offices in Liverpool, which meant the relocation of its existing data centre to a hosted location.

In addition, with an ageing IT infrastructure, the hardware was in need of an overhaul to better accommodate the business’s forward-thinking, increasingly cloud-based approach. Seeking recommendations around the most suitable solutions, as well as an install at the new location, Central was appointed as its chosen tech partner.


Central facilitated the relocation of The Sovini Group’s IT infrastructure — sourcing highly trained specialists to dismantle, protect, and transport the business-critical equipment, while making sure that all associated health and safety and insurance requirements were in place.

The team also advised on and sourced modern alternatives to the company’s ageing IT infrastructure. Having explored several different options – ruling out Microsoft Azure due to the length of time that it would take to migrate, plus the number of applications that the company hosted internally — the team identified new servers and storage to meet the organisation’s evolving needs.

With the servers, storage, and hardware safely unpacked at the new location, Central’s team of engineers were on hand to manage the installation — ensuring that detailed blueprints were provided for data centre staff, as a means to swiftly implement any updates or maintenance provided as part of the offering.

"“Central’s support throughout the project was impressive. We faced a multitude of unfortunate delays due to the relocation of our telecoms provision, which was dealt with by another provider, but despite this impacting the timescale significantly, Central was patient, professional, and responsive – still managing to deliver the project on budget and to the highest standards.”

John Pennington, network and server manager, The Sovini Group

Having faced a series of unexpected delays, most notably due to a backlog with the telecoms provider – meaning that they were unable to install the lines within the original timescale – Central was able to consistently re-evaluate and re-resource the project as needed. The team implemented regular check-ins and delivered to new timescales where required.

While external delays meant that the project took place over a nine-month period, rather than the three months originally planned, the team at Central utilised their experience in overseeing projects of this kind to ensure the activity was completed on budget and with an unwavering customer-focused approach.

Having successfully relocated and modernised its infrastructure, The Sovini Group was able to sell its previous premises and achieve its goal of saving money while offering increased flexibility to its workforce.

“Advising on and managing this project for The Sovini Group was a pleasure. Working with our trusted partners, we were able to organise the safe dismantlement and transportation of the company’s equipment to their chosen location – advising upon a much-needed evolution of their infrastructure, while sourcing and selecting the most appropriate solutions to meet their requirements.

“Having worked around the external delays, we achieved the desired result – installation of a fit-for-purpose infrastructure that will meet The Sovini Group’s needs for many years to come.”

-  Eirian Price, solutions architect, Central Networks

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