London Central Build Blog – Week 37

The flooring has taken shape this week, along with completion of the first two pod containment systems. We are now ready for a final deep clean and for racks to begin making their way up to the first floor data hall.

On site construction of the cold aisle containment plenums
On site construction of the cold aisle containment plenums
Completed containment system with test rack in position
Completed containment system with test rack in position
A look across the first floor data hall as final technical flooring is installed
A look across the first floor data hall as final technical flooring is installed
The rack pods will be built out on the black areas of the floor
The rack pods will be built out on the black areas of the floor
The flooring colour scheme aids with visualising the layout of the data hall ahead of total pod population
The flooring colour scheme aids with visualising the layout of the data hall ahead of total pod population
Panorama as flooring around the first pod is completed
Panorama as flooring around the first pod is completed
Second pod flooring completed
Second pod flooring completed
Test rack positioning at end of first containment pod
Test rack positioning at end of first containment pod
Decorating continues in the ground floor facility access areas
Decorating continues in the ground floor facility access areas
Decorating continues in the ground floor facility access areas
Decorating continues in the ground floor facility access areas

As you can see, things are progressing quickly, with many areas of the facility coming together simultaneously. This puts us in very good stead to have all assembly works completed within the next 3 to 4 weeks, leaving just the connections to bring the data centre to life ready for occupancy.

London Central Build Blog – Week 36

This week has seen modifications made to the external skin of the building, with the installation of our custom made louvred panels. These will allow our building to ‘breathe’ once the cooling system is operational, with the flow of air carefully monitored and controlled in real-time by our custom building management system.

Further cold containment system installations
Further cold containment system installations
Cold containment system in second pod beginning to enclose air filters
Cold containment system in second pod beginning to enclose air filters
First floor data hall fire exit cut into building skin
First floor data hall fire exit cut into building skin
A look at the custom metalwork being fitted to the fire escape opening
A look at the custom metalwork being fitted to the fire escape opening
A look at the newly installed first floor data hall fire escape ahead of staircase installation
A look at the newly installed first floor data hall fire escape ahead of staircase installation
First floor data hall fire escape door
First floor data hall fire escape door
First louvred panel for extraction system installed on rail-side of facility
First louvred panel for extraction system installed on rail-side of facility
Build room workstations positioned back under power and network trunking
Build room workstations positioned back under power and network trunking
Wall mounted workstation monitors positioned in build room
Wall mounted workstation monitors positioned in build room
Delivery of further cooling hardware
Delivery of further cooling hardware
Delivery of further cooling hardware
Delivery of further cooling hardware
Installation of cable backbone arms
Installation of cable containment backbone arms
Installation of cable containment backbone arms
Installation of cable containment backbone arms
Cable containment fitted to arms in back-to-back configuration
Cable containment fitted to arms in back-to-back configuration
A look at the cable containment system as it reaches down the length of the first data hall
A look at the cable containment system as it reaches down the length of the first data hall
The cable containment system reaching the lift shaft and network riser
The cable containment system reaching the lift shaft and network riser
Cable containment arms installed to end of data hall
Cable containment arms installed to end of data hall
A look at the basket bend configuration as the wall  changes depth mid-data hall
A look at the basket bend configuration as the wall changes depth mid-data hall
Completed backbone cable containment installation
Completed backbone cable containment installation

This has been a pivotal week in seeing the first data hall finally turn from a ‘semi-building site’ into a room fit for technical installations. We are very much looking forward to the weeks ahead, as the floor goes down and the racks can be positioned.

London Central Build Blog – Week 35

Amongst various progressive tasks undertaken, this week has seen the first two air containment systems installed, which will form the cold aisles once racks are in position.

A look at the cooling stack framework broken down into kit form, ahead of assembly
A look at the cooling stack framework broken down into kit form, ahead of assembly
Blanking panels installed in modular stack locations until use
Blanking panels installed in modular stack locations until use
Panoramic view of the two initial stack frameworks (without top wet box coolers) inside of cold corridor
Panoramic view of the two initial stack frameworks (without top wet box coolers) inside of cold corridor
Track installation around filter panels for cold containment
Track installation around filter panels for cold containment
First containment panel installed in track
First containment panel installed in track
First containment panel installed in track
First containment panel installed in track
A look at the first pod containment system as it takes shape
A look at the first pod containment system as it takes shape
Track installed around second pod ahead of panelling
Track installed around second pod ahead of panelling
Delivery of first extraction fans
Delivery of first Ziehl-Abegg extraction fans
First floor build room decorated, ready for fit-out
First floor build room decorated, ready for fit-out
Power and network trunking installation under way in build room
Power and network trunking installation under way in build room
Network run into trunking system
Network run into trunking system
Trunking installation completed, with power and network installed
Trunking installation completed, with power and network installed

As you can see, with the technical elements of the data centre now being installed, the facility is rapidly turning from partial shell into a functioning data hall.

Once the elements which comprise the technical infrastructure of the data hall are installed over the coming weeks, it becomes a case of connecting the hall to the core network and power infrastructure to bring the space online.

London Central Build Blog – Week 34

This week has seen our cold corridor and cooling system build out progress dramatically, with sensor driven lighting system and cooling unit frameworks being installed, ready for the main coolers and ductwork to follow suit. We have also run new power feeds to the roller shutters for loading bay access.

Infrastructure in place for lighting system ahead of cabling
Infrastructure in place for lighting system ahead of cabling
Cabling installation under way along conduit backbone
Cabling installation under way along conduit backbone
Lighting system being installed along conduit
Lighting system being installed along conduit
Stripped wet box cooling unit placed into corridor for framework testing
Stripped wet box cooling unit placed into corridor for framework testing
Beginnings of the cooling stack framework construction for stack one
Beginnings of the cooling stack framework construction for stack one
Beginnings of the cooling stack framework construction for stack one
Beginnings of the cooling stack framework construction for stack one
Test fitting of the bottom wet box unit in cooler stack one
Test fitting of the bottom wet box unit in cooler stack one
Safety measures installed on tanked floor thresholds between cold corridor and data hall
Safety measures installed on tanked floor thresholds between cold corridor and data hall

Plenty of progress has been made this week, particularly with regards to the cooling system installation. From opening, there will be two cooling stacks online, totalling four wet boxes.  This gives 2N resilience on the cooling system for the two pods online from day one. Our modular design allows us to then liven up new stacks as required. Once both stacks are in their final positions, the duct work will be installed that will allow the stacks to feed the data hall.

We have taken some panoramic shots of the facility this week, something which we will be doing at regular intervals from here on out.

Data hall nearing completion panorama
Data hall nearing completion panorama
NOC to board room panorama
NOC to board room panorama
Office area panorama
Office area panorama

London Central Build Blog – Week 33

Fantastic progress again this week, as we head towards September.

A look at the completed tanked flooring
A look at the completed tanked flooring in the cold corridor
A look at the completed tanked flooring in the cold corridor
A look at the completed tanked flooring in the cold corridor
Flooring being laid in the first floor build room / server prep area
Flooring being laid in the first floor build room / server prep area
First floor build room with build workstations positioned for testing ahead of room decoration
First floor build room with build workstations positioned for testing ahead of room decoration
First floor data hall flooring ready for installation
First floor data hall flooring ready for installation
Anti-static interlocking floor tiles make for a highly robust technical space floor
Anti-static interlocking floor tiles make for a highly robust technical space flooring solution
A look across the (currently congested) first floor data hall as works continue this week
A look across the (currently congested) first floor data hall as works continue this week
Custom extended lift shaft door installed on first floor
Custom extended lift shaft door installed on first floor
Blanking panels installed on extraction outlets which will not be fully installed from opening date
Blanking panels installed on extraction outlets which will not be fully installed from opening date
Blanking panels installed on extraction outlets which will not be fully installed from opening date
Blanking panels installed on extraction outlets which will not be fully installed from opening date

The blanking panels seen above allow us to extend the cooling and extraction system as the facility capacity increases. The entire data centre has been designed to a fully modular standard, meaning new elements are installed and brought online as required. This includes generators, UPS’s and racks, cooling and extraction – every element of the technical space is modular. The cooling and extraction system will always be able to maintain 2N on the load, extended whenever we are reaching a capacity at which we deem additional resilience is required.