London Central Build Blog – Week 51

Much progress has been made again this week across many areas of the project, as we head towards our launch.

Small VESDA unit installed for sampling air in the meet me and electrical intake rooms
Small VESDA unit installed for sampling air in the meet me and electrical intake rooms
Power outlets installed for the A side of the core UPS system
Power outlets installed for the A side of the core UPS system
Custom made cooling control box installed for backup AC supply in meet me room
Custom made cooling control box installed for backup AC supply in meet me room
Conduit run into top of outlets ahead of commissioning
Conduit run into top of outlets ahead of commissioning
Testing operation of the backup AC controller
Testing operation of the backup AC controller
Secondary cooling controller being installed for primary cooling from main evaporative system
Secondary cooling controller being installed for primary cooling from main evaporative system
VESDA system being installed in first data hall
VESDA system being installed in first data hall
A-side power distribution installed in cold corridor
A-side power distribution installed in cold corridor
B-side power distribution installed in cold corridor
B-side power distribution installation under way in cold corridor
Supplies in place for first two generators, ahead of finalisation
Supplies in place for first two generators, ahead of finalisation
Generator feed breakouts to external compound including custom junction boxes for control cables
Generator feed breakouts to external compound, including custom junction boxes for control cables
VESDA pipework installation begins
VESDA pipework installation begins
VESDA pipework leading to first containment pod
VESDA pipework leading to first containment pod
VESDA pipework reaching the far side of the first data hall
VESDA pipework reaching the far side of the first data hall
VESDA pipework backbone which feeds back to the control and analysis unit
VESDA pipework backbone which feeds back to the control and analysis unit

Next week will see many of the elements completed, along with a primary emphasis on finalising all cable runs ahead of a period of commissioning.

London Central Build Blog – Week 50

Cabling, termination and commissioning continues this week, as we head towards taking the site live very soon.

Power cable reaching the electrical intake room on overhead containment system
Power cable reaching the electrical intake room on overhead containment system
Cable coiled together for one of the generators, ready for taking outside through the cladding onto the cable ladder
Cable coiled together for one of the generators, ready for taking outside through the cladding onto the cable ladder
Cabling pulled through awaiting break out to generators in external compound
Cabling pulled through awaiting break out to generators in external compound
Power cables exiting facility to generator compound
Power cables exiting facility to generator compound
Power cables exiting facility to generator compound
Power cables exiting facility to generator compound
Power cables being tied into containment basket internally
Power cables being tied into containment basket internally
Power cables for one generator set tied into the cable ladder system
Power cables for one generator set tied into the cable ladder system
A look at the cable path down the side of the generator set
A look at the cable path down the side of the generator set
A look at the cable path down the side of the generator set
A look at the cable path down the side of the generator set
A look at the containment frame being fitted above the meet-me room infrastructure
A look at the containment frame being fitted above the meet-me room infrastructure
Meet-me room containment frame in place
Meet-me room containment frame in place
Containment frame complete with basket, ready for livening up any manner of connectivity requirements
Containment frame complete with basket, ready for livening up any manner of connectivity requirements
Backup / failover AC system being fitted into meet-me room
Backup / failover AC system being fitted into meet-me room
Containment for AC feeds to external condenser being fitted
Containment for AC feeds to external condenser being fitted
Copper piping feeds run to external cladding
Copper piping feeds run to external cladding
External pipework and cable containment installed, along with bracket for external condenser
External pipework and cable containment installed, along with bracket for external condenser
External condenser in place ahead of gas and electrical connections being made
External condenser in place ahead of gas and electrical connections being made
External portion of the backup / failover meet-me room AC system completed
External portion of the backup / failover meet-me room AC system completed
Internal portion of the backup / failover meet-me room AC system completed
Internal portion of the backup / failover meet-me room AC system completed

London Central Build Blog – Week 49

Cable pulling and system commissioning is now in full swing here at the London Central facility, which is a very exciting time for our entire team. Things are coming together very quickly now, and the data centre will soon have power and connectivity flowing through it as we head into a testing phase shortly thereafter.

We took delivery of our forklift this week, which will be employed to move heavy equipment around our campus moving forwards - it will be getting a full respray and livery soon
We took delivery of our new forklift this week, which will be employed to move heavy equipment around our campus moving forwards – it will be getting a full respray and livery soon
Final containment bridge in place, linking the first pod with the network backbone which runs across the entire data floor
Final containment bridge in place, linking the first pod with the network backbone which runs across the entire data floor
Custom power distribution enclosures being built on-site
Custom power distribution enclosures being built on-site
APC maintenance bypass switch for UPS being fitted with custom fabricated rack ears
APC maintenance bypass switch for UPS being fitted with custom fabricated rack ears, for fitment into power distribution rack
Test fitting of APC maintenance bypass switch in power distribution rack
Test fitting of APC maintenance bypass switch in power distribution rack
Customised door panel for power distribution enclosure, ahead of assembly
Customised door panel for power distribution enclosure, ahead of assembly
Customised door panel for power distribution enclosure, ahead of assembly
Customised door panel for power distribution enclosure, ahead of assembly
Power distribution enclosure being fitted with modified and sprayed door panels
Power distribution enclosure being fitted with modified and sprayed door panels
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Power distribution enclosure door panel assembly underway
Power distribution enclosure door panel assembly completed
Power distribution enclosure door panel assembly completed
Custom built internals for power distribution enclosure
Custom built internals for power distribution enclosure
Fully assembled power distribution enclosure ahead of internal wiring and final commissioning
Fully assembled power distribution enclosure ahead of internal wiring and final commissioning
Containment run in place for cabling to external generators
Containment run in place for cabling to external generators
Containment run in place for cabling to external generators
Containment run in place for cabling to external generators
External cable ladder system installed to generators
External cable ladder system being installed on generators
External cable ladder system being installed on generators
External cable ladder system being installed on generators
External cable ladder system joining the generator sets to the facility cladding
External cable ladder system joining the generator sets to the facility cladding
Cable basket affixed to generators and cladding
Cable basket affixed to generators and cladding
Basket affixed to cladding, ahead of cable exit holes and glands being cut and fitted
Basket affixed to cladding, ahead of cable exit holes and glands being cut and fitted
Final cable ladder elements being fitted
Final cable ladder elements being fitted
Internal generator containment spine along external cladding, ahead of cable exits being cut into the external facial
Internal generator containment spine along external cladding, ahead of cable exits being cut into the external facade
New fire alarm call points being installed throughout the facility
New fire alarm call points being installed throughout the facility, along with install and commissioning of centralised alarm and VESDA systems
New fire alarm call points being installed throughout the facility, along with install and commissioning of centralised alarm and VESDA systems
New fire alarm call points being installed throughout the facility, along with install and commissioning of centralised alarm and VESDA systems
Ceiling void alarm notification points fitted to data hall ceiling
Ceiling void alarm notification points fitted to data hall ceiling
VESDA system and power supply units fitted to data hall entry point
VESDA system and power supply units fitted to data hall entry point

London Central Build Blog – Week 48

With the final elements of the facility wide containment systems now finalised, we can run headlong into the final stage of the project, which will involve running cabling, commissioning the power and network, and final testing. With all being well we are hoping to welcome existing and pre-sale customers into the new site very soon, with absolute finalisation to follow (smaller ancillary works such as signage, finishing touches, etc).

Multi-tiered containment basket running across pod rows
Multi-tiered containment basket running across pod rows
Second pod bridge in place between backbone containment and racks
Second pod bridge in place between backbone containment and racks
Second pod containment bridge in place
Second pod containment bridge in place
A look at the containment system taking shape
A look at the containment system taking shape
Inter-pod containment bridge in place, to allow for maximum cross-connect flexibility
Inter-pod containment bridge in place, to allow for maximum cross-connect flexibility
Power and network bridges between rows in place through cold aisle
Power and network bridges between rows in place through cold aisle
First UPS power cabling being installed
First UPS power cabling being installed
UPS cable bridging through cold aisle for first UPS run
UPS cable bridging through cold aisle for first UPS run
Power cable running into distribution rack, ahead of power management fit out
Power cable running into distribution rack, ahead of power management fit out
Power cabling being tied into containment backbone
Power cabling being tied into containment backbone
Main power cable exit point from primary power riser onto first floor data hall
Main power cable exit point from primary power riser onto first floor data hall
Power cabling to second pod tied into containment bridge
Power cabling to second pod tied into containment bridge
Final networking bridge in place between first pod and main backbone, thus completing the containment system for the first two online pods
Final networking bridge in place between first pod and main backbone, thus completing the containment system for the first two online pods
A look at the scale of the first cable pull - 4 initial cables weighing close to 500kg
A look at the scale of the first cable pull – 4 initial cables weighing close to 500kg
Ground floor rear warehouse flooring taking shape
Ground floor rear warehouse flooring taking shape

London Central Build Blog – Week 47

This week saw the completion of the containment systems throughout the facility, which means that all runs to hardware requiring power and/or network connectivity are now complete.

Final backbone basket installed in data hall
Final backbone basket installed in data hall
Final backbone basket installed in data hall
Final backbone basket installed in data hall
Containment backbone installed in cold corridor
Containment backbone installed in cold corridor
Containment backbone installed in cold corridor
Containment backbone installed in cold corridor
Cold corridor access control being installed
Cold corridor access control being installed
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Cold corridor access control being installed
Access points for future cooling stack controllers installed along cold corridor enclosure
Access points for future cooling stack controllers installed along cold corridor enclosure
HD CCTV  cameras being installed in first floor data hall
HD CCTV cameras being installed in first floor data hall
HD CCTV  cameras being installed in first floor data hall
HD CCTV cameras being installed in first floor data hall
HD CCTV  cameras being installed in first floor data hall
HD CCTV cameras being installed in first floor data hall
Custom migration flight cases being prepared for specialist hardware during the move into the new facility.
Custom migration flight cases being prepared for specialist hardware during the move into the new facility
Finalisation of cold corridor enclosure sliding doors
Finalisation of cold corridor enclosure sliding doors
Containment bridges being installed for power and network runs to each pod
Containment bridges being installed for power and network runs to each pod
Containment bridges being installed for power and network runs to each pod
Containment bridges being installed for power and network runs to each pod
Through-aisle containment bridges fitted with brushes for air management
Through-aisle containment bridges fitted with brushes for air management