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10Apr/140

London Central Build Blog – Week 13

Many areas of the new facility are now reaching completion, particularly in the 'front of house' expanses of the building. Apart from various finishing touches, more rooms have reached completion this week.

First UPS in place in electrical intake room

Customer kitchen area nearing completion

Customer kitchen area nearing completion

Entertainment centre and lockers in place in customer lounge

One of the 8 large flat screen TVs positioned around the new facility

Temporary systems now in place on ground floor

Flooring laid in reception lobby

Flooring in lobby completed, awaiting final decoration

Progress is very solid as we move towards the Summer. The heavy technical works in the first data hall are ready to commence in earnest, with works under way in the coming weeks to build our state-of-the-art man traps and cable management systems. Our large exterior signage is due for installation in the coming weeks also.

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4Apr/140

London Central Build Blog – Week 12

Week 12 has seen further developments across the entire site, with advancements in the electrical intake room, as well as further amenity improvements.

AMF and other enclosures during installation

Installation of AMF and enclosures reaching completion for this phase

Laying of new flooring continues on ground floor

Some of the batteries as removed from Sutton's Core UPS

Our storage area filling out nicely with new hardware

New state-of-the-art touch screen vending machines installed into customer kitchen

New state-of-the-art touch screen vending machines installed into customer kitchen

One of our NOC stations coming together, complete with red emergency line

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28Mar/140

London Central Build Blog – Week 11

Week 11 has seen further decommissioning of our Sutton site, along with fantastic developments at our new London Central facility. The offices were properly unpacked this week, allowing the Bermondsey site head quarters to come online. There is still a way to go until they are exactly as we want them (those that know our team will know that we take great pride in making our offices as personal / identifiable as possible), but they are well on their way to becoming our new home.

Further decommissioning of data floor in Sutton

Office layout taking shape

NOC area ahead of deep cleaning

Cardboard recycling pile in reception

Customer Lounge starting to take shape

Customer Lounge starting to take shape

Next week will see our first deep clean, which will bring the facility into a new light after the first stage of works.

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21Mar/140

London Central Build Blog – Week 10

The 10 week milestone has seen exciting changes to the Bermondsey site, with a refreshed staff kitchen, installation of both the glass partitioning system for the board room and the racking in the ground floor storage area.

Racking system installation

Early population of racking

Installation of new wooden staff kitchen worktops

Worktops after additional oil treatment

Glass partitioning system ready for installation

Base and floor channel installation of glass partitioning system

Header channel installation of glass partitioning system

Partitioning system ready to receive glass panels and doors

A look across the storage area before ceiling works are complete

Customer Lounge flooring reaching completion ahead of furnishing

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21Mar/140

London Central Build Blog – Week 9

Week 9 has seen some more of the Sutton data centre decommissioned ahead of its closure, as well as the extension of our systems in Docklands. The Docklands facilities we use help form part of our global network, giving us access to carriers and connectivity. By operating our own rack space in other key London locations, we are able to maintain end-to-end control over our systems.

Decoupling racks in Sutton ready for relocating

Core system extensions in Docklands

A look across a section of the Sutton data floor after part-decommissioning

The on-site storage facility at our new data centre has also seen advancements this week, with flooring reaching completion ahead of storage rack assembly.

Floor edging installation in storage area

Floor edging installation in storage area

Flooring in storage lobby completed

Flooring in Customer Lounge being laid

As you can see, this week has seen a division of work across 3 sites, making for a very busy period in terms of physical work and planning / orchestration.

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