London Central Build Blog – Week 53

Cabling continues this week, along with completion of final routes around the facility for cable runs. Our Emergency Power Off (EPO) system also took shape this week, which is an added safety feature that will allow the site to be blacked out should there be any major issues requiring a total power off (fire, electric shock etc).

Preparations for network riser between ground floor and first floor
Preparations for network riser between ground floor and first floor
First floor side of network riser completed, awaiting basket protection lid
First floor side of network riser completed, awaiting basket protection lid
Cable run holes in meet me room, which feed out to both data floors
Cable run holes in meet me room, which feed out to both data floors
Cable run holes in lift shaft, ahead of flexible conduit connections
Cable run holes in lift shaft, ahead of flexible conduit connections
Emergency Power Off (EPO) system being installed
Emergency Power Off (EPO) system being installed
Emergency Power Off (EPO) system being installed
Emergency Power Off (EPO) system being installed
Emergency Power Off (EPO) system being installed
Emergency Power Off (EPO) system being installed
All elements of the EPO system have been deployed in red
All elements of the EPO system have been deployed in red
Another EPO junction and control box in the meet me room
Another EPO junction and control box in the meet me room
Custom red faceplates for EPO connection to core UPS units
Custom red face plates for EPO connection to core UPS units
Red continues all the way to the rear of the UPS, where the final connection is made
Red continues all the way to the rear of the UPS, where the final connection is made

London Central Build Blog – Week 52

Fantastic progress yet again this week, as various elements of the project come together as we continue to head towards making the site ready for initial occupancy.

Power supply for meet me room VESDA being installed
Power supply for meet me room VESDA being installed
Clips for VESDA pipework installed on wall and ceiling grid
Clips for VESDA pipework installed on wall and ceiling grid
VESDA pipework being fitted in meet me room
VESDA pipework being fitted in meet me room
VESDA pipework in first data hall reaching completion
VESDA pipework in first data hall reaching completion
Power for core UPS systems installed
Power for core UPS systems installed
Power for core UPS systems installed
Power for core UPS systems installed
Speedy Fuels delivery - generators now ready for commissioning
Speedy Fuels delivery – generators now ready for commissioning
Our first two generator sets are now fuelled and ready for commissioning in the coming weeks
Our first two generator sets are now fuelled and ready for commissioning in the coming weeks
Power feed for fork lift charging station installed
Power feed for fork lift charging station installed in warehouse / loading bay
Network cabling run in for cooling system control units
Network cabling run in for cooling system control units
Cabling for the future second data hall on the ground floor awaiting their final pull into the meet me room
Cabling for the future second data hall on the ground floor awaiting their final pull into the meet me room
An exclusive look at our custom made APC quarter rack enclosures
An exclusive look at our custom made APC quarter rack enclosures
An exclusive look at our custom made APC quarter rack enclosures
An exclusive look at our custom made APC quarter rack enclosures
Our new BT duct installed on Old Jamaica Road
Our new BT duct installed on Old Jamaica Road

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