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.

London Central Build Blog – Week 32

Massive progress has been made over the past few days, with major leaps forward in the cooling system installation which means that technical systems are ready for installation imminently. Great progress has been made in a number of areas throughout the facility, which is always good for seeing the project come together more quickly as we reach the final furlong.

A look across the first data hall after the initial mist coating
A look across the first data hall after the initial mist coating
Extraction holes prepared for 2N air extraction system
Extraction holes prepared for 2N air extraction system
Extraction holes prepared for 2N air extraction system
Extraction holes prepared for 2N air extraction system
First air filter delivery on-site
First air filter delivery on-site
Air filters installed in ceiling grid, for first cold corridor containment pod
Air filters installed in ceiling grid, for first cold corridor containment pod
Air filters installed in ceiling grid, for second cold corridor containment pod
Air filters installed in ceiling grid, for second cold corridor containment pod
Office-side structured cabling tied off ready for entry into patching cabinet
Office-side structured cabling tied off ready for entry into patching cabinet
The first of an eventual 96 office and supplementary amenity / system ports
The first of an eventual 96 office and supplementary amenity / system ports
Tool-free termination on our Cat 6 cabling saves lots of time
‘Tool-free’ termination on our Cat 6 cabling saves lots of time
Flooring in ground floor access corridors reached completion
Flooring in ground floor access corridors reached completion
Installation of our custom tanked floor begins in the cold corridor
Installation of our custom tanked floor begins in the cold corridor
Up-stands are installed in cold corridor access doors to allow for floor tanking
Up-stands are installed in cold corridor access doors to allow for floor tanking
Installation of transitional edging is completed
Installation of transitional edging is completed
Installation of top edging is completed
Installation of top edging is completed
Floor covering is laid out in main data hall and provisionally cut to size
Floor covering is laid out in main data hall and provisionally cut to size
Floor covering is laid into corridor ready for gluing and fitting
Floor covering is laid into corridor ready for gluing and fitting
Floor covering is glued to the subsurface
Floor covering is glued to the subsurface
Flooring is cut to size and fitted to the edging
Flooring is cut to size and fitted to the edging

As is clearly visible, progress has been impressive over the past week, with serious headway made in a number of critical areas.

London Central Build Blog – Week 31

As our first data hall reaches shell completion, and technical installations can begin in earnest, progress in the new facility is set to rocket towards completion, expected before Christmas this year.

Emergency lighting row installed into ceiling, along the main access run leading to cold corridor pods
Emergency lighting row installed into ceiling, along the main access run leading to cold corridor pods
Lighting and door installations reaching completion
Lighting and door installations reaching completion
First coat of weatherproof paint applied to inside of cold corridor
First coat of weatherproof paint applied to inside of cold corridor
A look at construction works in the first floor data hall from the vision panels along the board room wall
A look at construction works in the first floor data hall from the vision panels along the board room wall
Large cable delivery, weighing in at over 1,000kg
Large cable delivery, weighing in at over 1,000kg
Earth cabling ready for installation, another few hundred kilograms
Earth cabling ready for installation, another few hundred kilograms

We have reached a pivotal stage in our progress this month (September 2014), as many of the tasks which have been required to push forwards with larger works are now completed. Although the state of the facility indicates to our readers that we are still deep in the middle of the project, we are in fact not that far away from having the first racks deployed in the data hall, ahead of building final elements such as cold corridor enclosures and finishing touches.

London Central Build Blog – Week 30

There have been dramatic leaps forward this week with regards to the first data halls readiness for technical installations. The ceiling has now been installed, creating the air plenum above which will handle the air in this first hall.

Zoning of plenum completed
Zoning of overhead air plenum completed
Zoning of overhead air plenum completed
Zoning of overhead air plenum completed
Ceiling edging being installed around perimeter
Ceiling edging being installed around perimeter
Ceiling grid installation underway
Ceiling grid installation under way
Ceiling grid installation under way
Ceiling grid installation under way
The completed ceiling grid ahead of light placement modifications
The completed ceiling grid ahead of light placement modifications
Tiles in place after lighting modifications have been made to the grid
Tiles in place after lighting modifications have been made to the grid
A view inside the air plenum, with the air handling apertures in view
A view inside the air plenum, with the air handling apertures in view
Lighting boxes installed ready to for the light fittings to be installed into the grid
Lighting boxes installed ready to for the light fittings to be installed into the grid
Another look inside the air plenum void ahead of lighting fitting installation
Another look inside the air plenum void ahead of lighting fitting installation
Fire doors being hung between the cold corridor and the data floor
Fire doors being hung between the cold corridor and the data floor

We apologise for the grainy photographs; light in the data halls is now extremely limited, as they have been fully enclosed. This makes photography difficult until our lighting system is online.