data centre design & Construction Project

Week 1

"A Blank Slate"

INFINITI IT LIMITED a data centre consultancy and construction specialist has been awarded a "Fast Track" data centre design & build contract for a large global finance company with UK headquarters located in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Over the next 6 weeks we will be providing you with a detailed insight that covers the implementation of a Micro data centre facility. This Blog will cover all installation works right through to final commissioning, witness testing, project completion and handover to our client all within an aggressive 6 week programme.

The design ethos of the data centre facility is scalable and offers our client a complete flexibility with future expansion and will accommodate 100% growth if required, but still ensuring losses are kept to a minimum and that the data centre is as efficient as possible even at lower initial day loads.

Performance Specification Overview

  • Modular Data Centre Construction with 1 hour fire rated composite panels
  • Heavy duty raised access flooring system
  • Modular 80kW N+1 APC Symmetra UPS with approx. 9 minutes autonomy
  • 70kW N+1 efficient Direct Expansion CRAC units fitted with EC fans
  • N Generator & Changeover Panel
  • High Density 7kW per cabinet with intelligent switched monitored PDU's
  • Hot aisle containment
  • IG55 Fire Suppression system
  • CCTV & Access control
  • CAT6 & OM3 data connectivity and cabinet patch links

Following contract negotiations the client awarded INFINITI the project on the 15th Feb under the condition that the project would become a fully live and operation data centre facility on the 1st April to ensure the aggressive 6 week programme is met, a full and detailed site survey was required on the following Monday 18th Feb that would enable INFINITI to complete the data centre detailed design work book for client approval which was completed within 3 days.

The basis of the design in terms of power density had already been agreed and long lead procurement items such as cooling and UPS were placed immediately on order with the respective manufacturers.

General site health and safety documents and processes along with other mandatory requirements to satisfy CDM compliance were also completed this week with the development of the health & safety construction phase plan which was submitted to the clients appointed CDMc for review and approval prior to site mobilisation.

Other identified concerns were the structural integrity of the concrete slab that would be supporting the data centre. Industry design recommendations guidelines and other best practises recommend that the structural floor loadings of a data centre are capable of supporting 12-15kN/m2 as a minimum. 

INFINITI utilised the services of a well-established structural engineering company to carry out due diligence in the form of a load assessment to ensure the data centre loadings would not compromise the structural integrity of the building. The findings of the report confirmed the structural integrity of the data centre slab was sufficient which was a sigh of relief for all concerned.  

Data Centre Design & Build Week One

Image shows identified space within ground floor office for the new data centre facility 

  If you're planning a data centre construction project, contact us on 01993 774444 or email and see how we can help.