London Central Build Blog – Week 70

There were some delays this week, due to on-going configuration works on various systems, however the access control system is now complete and operational, along with progress in other areas of the site.

A look at the outward facing access control cluster on the customer kitchen door
A look at the outward-facing access control cluster on the customer kitchen door
A look at the access control hardware inside the customer kitchen area
A look at the access control hardware inside the customer kitchen area
A look at the control unit setup inside of the cold corridor
A look at the control unit setup inside of the cold corridor
The inbound access control unit for entering the customer kitchen, in its powered, operational state
The inbound access control unit for entering the customer kitchen, in its powered, operational state
A look at the new signage ready to be fitted throughout the facility
A look at the new signage ready to be fitted throughout the facility
A look at the new signage ready to be fitted throughout the facility
A look at the new signage ready to be fitted throughout the facility
One of the small door signs fitted, which are grey vinyl applied to frosted perspex, mounted on satin-finish signage standoffs
One of the small door signs fitted; the signs are made of grey vinyl applied to frosted perspex, mounted on satin-finish signage standoffs

London Central Build Blog – Week 69

Progress has been made on a number of areas again this week, most notably the installation of our access control systems.

The backup / redundant cooling in the meet-me room has had a new condensate pipe fitted
The backup / redundant cooling in the meet-me room has had a new condensate pipe system fitted
The backup / redundant cooling in the meet-me room has had a new condensate pipe system fitted
The backup / redundant cooling in the meet-me room has had a new condensate pipe system fitted
The electrical intake room as its new hung ceiling is installed
The electrical intake room as its new hung ceiling is installed
A look at the ceiling grid being installed in the electrical intake room
A look at the ceiling grid being installed in the electrical intake room
A look at the completed ceiling, complete with lighting, fire detector and cable entry / exit points
A look at the completed ceiling, complete with lighting, fire detector and cable entry / exit points
A look at our cooling stacks with their new bag filters fitted to the exterior of the wet boxes, taking our total number of pre-data hall filtration layers to 4
A look at our cooling stacks with their new bag filters fitted to the exterior of the wet boxes, taking our total number of pre-data hall filtration layers to 4
A look at the access control units being installed, in this instance to the first floor data hall entrance
A look at the access control units being installed, in this instance to the first floor data hall entrance
A look at the components which make up one side of the customer kitchen / reception entrance, one of the more complex doors to fit out in this facility
A look at the components which make up one side of the customer kitchen / reception entrance, one of the more complex doors to fit out in this facility
A look at one of the exterior biometric and RFID units
A look at one of the exterior biometric and RFID units, this one for the out of hours customer entrance
The internal control and exit hardware for the out of hours customer entrance and exit
The internal control and exit switching hardware for the out of hours customer entrance and exit

London Central Build Blog – Week 67 & 68

The past few weeks have seen lots of time spent on stabilising the migrated estate, so in terms of build progress there isn’t a huge amount to report. That said, there has of course been progress in a number of areas, as our efforts to bring the site to total completion continue.

First aid kits have been installed in various key locations around the facility
First aid kits have been installed in various key locations around the facility
A look at the first aid kit in the first data hall
A look at the first aid kit in the first data hall
Large headway has been made in fitting out the remaining doors with their furniture and door closers
Large headway has been made in fitting out the remaining doors with their furniture and door closers
A fourth layer of filtration has been added to the cold corridor, which acts as the first filtration point, catching large particulates on their entry to the building
A fourth layer of filtration has been added to the cold corridor, which acts as the first filtration point, catching large particulates on their entry to the building
To complete the reception entrance way, we had to raise the level of the entry floor to match the main floor
To complete the reception entrance way, we had to raise the level of the entry floor to match the main floor
After raising the level, we could lay our new hard wearing entry mat / carpet
After raising the level, we could lay our new hard wearing entry mat / carpet
Finishing thresholds fitted to the entry way
Finishing thresholds fitted to the entry way
A look at the completed entrance
A look at the completed entrance

London Central Build Blog – Week 66

We have now migrated our existing customer base across to the new site, which is a massive milestone for us. As you are probably aware from reading our blog, the site still has some finishing touches to be completed, and lots of system integration work to undertake, however as soon as the site was deemed ready to hold clients, we moved everyone across.

At this moment in time, many clients are still being housed in their Dell racks, as used in Sutton and in the temporary facility in Docklands. These will be swapped over to the new APC cabinets in the coming weeks / months.

This is a monumental milestone in the build project, as the site is now actively handling our live estate at full resilience.

A look down the first data hall, as our cleaning and decontamination team begin work on bringing the site up to scratch for the live environment, post build works
A look down the first data hall, as our cleaning and decontamination team begin work on bringing the site up to scratch for the live environment, post build works
Here you can see some of the Dell cabinets as rolled into the footprints of existing APC cabinets, until the final system migrations in the coming months
Here you can see some of the Dell cabinets as rolled into the footprints of existing APC cabinets, until the final system migrations in the coming months
A look at one of our empty pod locations with the anti-static floor polish applied
A look at one of our empty pod locations with the anti-static floor polish applied
Another look down the first data hall, with the completed anti-static coating applied to the floor
Another look down the first data hall, with the completed anti-static coating applied to the floor
A look at the front of the first pod, now completed
A look at the front of the first pod, now completed

London Central Build Blog – Week 63 – 65

We are now rapidly approaching readiness for initial occupation, with this week seeing completion of the power commissioning, and the deployment of the core network.

A completed mains bypass panel, ahead of a final output to the custom distribution boards
A completed mains bypass panel, ahead of a final output to the custom distribution boards
Three of the first four custom power distribution panels having their internal components fitted, ahead of wiring
Three of the first four custom power distribution panels having their internal components fitted, ahead of wiring
A look at the 16A and 32A commando sockets fitted to our laser cut and painted doors, ready for fitting onto the panels
A look at the 16A and 32A commando sockets fitted to our laser cut and painted doors, ready for fitting onto the panels
A look at the upper half of one of the 16A distribution panels ahead of any termination
A look at the upper half of one of the 16A distribution panels ahead of any termination
A look at the upper internals of the distribution panels with termination completed, with just the connections to the sockets left to complete
A look at the upper internals of the distribution panels with termination completed, with just the connections to the sockets left to complete
Earthing connections to the commando sockets installed
Earthing connections to the commando sockets installed
A look at the external louvred panels that will allow our dynamic cooling system to 'breathe' external air
A look at the external louvred panels that will allow our dynamic cooling system to ‘breathe’ external air
Our BMS interface in the electrical intake room, which will allow for instant facility status read-outs - there will be many of these around the site
Our BMS interface in the electrical intake room, which will allow for instant facility status read-outs – there will be many of these around the site
Custom lights fitted to our UPS bypass panels for immediate load status information
Custom lights fitted to our UPS bypass panels for immediate load status information
Temporary connections in place in the meet me room while one side of our network is configured by our network engineers
Temporary connections in place in the meet me room while one side of our network is configured by our network engineers
Network harnesses in place between our core and the distribution racks in each row
Network harnesses in place between our core and the distribution racks in each row