London Central Build Blog – Week 44

This week has again seen dramatic progress as we head towards the final stage of the build, largely in the layout of the data hall ready for initial occupation early next year.

First row of cabinets in the first containment pod being bayed together, including the in-line UPS seen towards the middle
First row of cabinets in the first containment pod being bayed together, including the in-line UPS seen towards the middle
First row of first pod bayed together. This view is from inside the cold aisle.
First row of first pod bayed together – this view is from inside the cold aisle
A look at the rear of the first row, as baying and levelling is completed
A look at the rear of the first row, as baying and levelling is completed
A look at the rear of the first row, with a custom solution for creating a seamless rear door surface despite the UPS being a different depth to the server cabinets
A look at the rear of the first row, with a custom solution for creating a seamless rear door surface despite the UPS being a different depth to the server cabinets
The distribution cabinet being wrapped around one of the facilities structural columns
The distribution cabinet being wrapped around one of the facilities structural columns, alongside an empty UPS
Another row coming together
Another row coming together
Another row coming together
Another row coming together
Another row coming together
Another row coming together
The second containment pod nearing completion
The second containment pod nearing completion
A closer look at the customised APC cabinet which encloses the column in this pod
A closer look at the customised APC cabinet which encloses the column in this pod

London Central Build Blog – Week 43

This week has seen major progress made in the running of final power to site services, such as lighting and control systems. This has allowed us to move off of temporary wiring setups for the first time, meaning facility-wide services now run from the core.

Although the core is still incomplete, and will form one of the final areas of the build project in the coming weeks, this is another major step towards completion.

We have also been able to move the bulk of the rack infrastructure up to the first floor data hall, ready for assembly into final positions.

A look inside one of our wet box coolers, showing one of the four  evaporative filters which are installed into each unit
A look inside one of our wet box coolers, showing one of the four evaporative filters which are installed into each unit
Drainage installation for cooling stacks and tanked floor
Drainage installation under way for cooling stacks and tanked floor
Under floor fire board re-sealed after drain fitment
Under-floor fire board re-sealed after drain fitment
A look at the floor drain in the tanked floor of the cold corridor above
A look at the floor drain in the tanked floor of the cold corridor above
Drainage system below floor of cold corridor
Drainage system below floor of cold corridor
Cutting of power riser trunking for lift shaft ahead of installation
Cutting of power riser trunking for lift shaft ahead of installation
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Power trunking installation under way in lift shaft riser
Rack enclosures on the first floor, ahead of assembly
Rack enclosures on the first floor, ahead of assembly
Various rack panels and doors ahead of assembly
Various rack panels and doors ahead of assembly
Rack frames in place in first floor data hall ahead of final assembly and positioning
Rack frames in place in first floor data hall ahead of final assembly and positioning
Cabinets being assembled
Cabinets being assembled
Cabinets being assembled
Cabinets being assembled
First floor data hall flooring completed
First floor data hall flooring completed
Skirting board being installed around data hall perimeter
Skirting board being installed around data hall perimeter

London Central Build Blog – Week 41 / 42

This fortnight has seen plenty of progress on various elements of the project which have been in a state of half-completion for a while. With the nature of a project this complex, unfortunately it is not as simple as starting an element of the project, seeing it through to completion and moving onto the next – everything is interconnected and various aspects of the build are in progress at the same time.

As such, the progress of the build ebbs and flows depending on how close to completion various elements of the project are.

The reason for combining two weeks into a single post here is that the number of photos taken of various elements over the course of this period has been limited. This is because whilst works continue, various planning and development meetings have been occurring behind the scenes, which naturally take up lots of management time.

A look at the cooling stack as the top duct and louvred panel assembly is fixed in place
A look at the cooling stack as the top duct and louvred panel assembly is fixed in place
A closer look at the top assembly ahead of connecting ductwork between the fan and coolers
A closer look at the top assembly ahead of connecting ductwork installations between the fan and coolers
An 'up-high' view of the first cooler stack in its final position, ahead of final ducting connections
An ‘up-high’ view of the first cooler stack in its final position, ahead of final ducting connections
A view through the progressing assembly of the second cooling stack
A view through the progressing assembly of the second cooling stack
The second stack's intake fan being installed into the cold corridor enclosure
The second stack’s intake fan being installed into the cold corridor enclosure
A closer look at the intake fan, with the opening for the extraction duct work and fan to the left (for recirculation)
A closer look at the intake fan, with the opening for the extraction duct work and fan to the left (for recirculation)
Second stack nearing completion, with second wet box and primary louvred panel installed
Second stack nearing completion, with second wet box and primary louvred panel installed
Second cooling stack flow control duct chamber installed
Second cooling stack flow control duct chamber installed
Mains water feed and control module for first stack being installed
Mains water feed and control module for first stack being installed
A look at the mains feed being installed along the length of the cold corridor
A look at the mains feed being installed along the length of the cold corridor
Delivery of final cooling system custom-made duct work pieces
Delivery of final cooling system custom-made duct work pieces
Delivery of final cooling system custom-made duct work pieces
Delivery of final cooling system custom-made duct work pieces
Power reinstated to facility loading bay roller shutters
Power reinstated to facility loading bay roller shutters
Power reinstated to facility loading bay roller shutters
Power reinstated to facility loading bay roller shutters
Delivery of further APC racks
Delivery of further APC racks
Delivery of further APC racks
Delivery of further APC racks
Cable pulling to finalise first floor data hall lighting systems
Cable pulling to finalise first floor data hall lighting systems
Some BT termination equipment installed in meet me room for specialist services
Some BT termination equipment installed in meet me room for specialist services
Secondary BT termination equipment installed in meet me room for specialist services
Secondary BT termination equipment installed in meet me room for specialist services

London Central Build Blog – Week 40

This week has seen the completion of all major external works, with exception of course given to the generators, some minor armoured barrier installations and general cleaning / painting.

Fencing assembly coming together
Fencing assembly coming together
Gates being assembled
Gates being assembled
A corner of the fencing assembly reaching completion
A corner of the fencing assembly reaching completion
Pedestrian gate installed down roadside of the facility
Pedestrian gate installed down roadside of the facility
Main run of fencing reaching completion
Main run of fencing reaching completion
Main run of fencing complete, excluding razor wire and skip access panel
Main run of fencing complete, excluding razor wire and skip access panel
Spiral fire exit staircase installation underway
Spiral fire exit staircase installation under way
First section of staircase installed
First section of staircase installed
Staircase nearing landing level at first floor data hall fire exit
Staircase nearing landing level at first floor data hall fire exit
Landing platform and hand rail assembly installed
Landing platform and hand rail assembly installed
A look at the staircase as final fixings are made
A look at the staircase as final fixings are made
View from the first floor data hall fire exit onto the new staircase
View from the first floor data hall fire exit onto the new staircase
The completed fire exit staircase
The completed fire exit staircase
The completed fire exit staircase
The completed fire exit staircase
A view of the staircase and other exit routes, along with office-side plant hardware at rear of facility, ahead of fencing in
A view of the staircase and other exit routes, along with office-side plant gear at rear of facility, ahead of fencing in
An additional APC delivery with new cabinets for deployment in first floor data hall
An additional APC delivery with new cabinets for deployment in first floor data hall
Cooling stack frame reaching completion ahead of final ductwork assembly
Cooling stack frame reaching completion ahead of final ductwork assembly

London Central Build Blog – Week 39

Much like last week, as we reach the closing stages of the project progress is solid in a number of key areas. The cooling system has again taken great strides towards completion, and many rack enclosures are now in the data hall ready for building out the first pods.

Extraction duct work sleeving installed into walls
Extraction duct work sleeving installed into walls
Fans being installed into extraction duct work
Fans being installed into extraction duct work
Extraction fan installed into duct work
Extraction fan installed into duct work
A look at the highly efficient extraction fans which form part of our intelligent cooling system
A look at the highly efficient extraction fans which form part of our intelligent cooling system
A look at one of the custom 3-way duct and actuated louvred panel systems which control the remixing of air inside of the cooling system
A look at one of the custom 3-way duct and actuated louvred panel systems which control the remixing of air inside of the cooling system
Second wetbox cooler fitted atop the first cooling stack
Second wetbox cooler fitted atop the first cooling stack minus filter panels
Delivery of our palisade fencing system ready for enclosing the generator plant area
Delivery of our palisade fencing system ready for enclosing the generator plant area
Delivery of our palisade fencing system ready for enclosing the generator plant area
Delivery of our palisade fencing system ready for enclosing the generator plant area
The various gates which form part of our rear compound enclosure
The various gates which form part of our rear compound enclosure
Corner post section being constructed
Corner post section being constructed
Gate posts ahead of hanging the first set of main gates
Gate posts ahead of hanging the first set of main gates
First gate hung in place
First gate hung in place
Second gate hung, completing the first gate assembly ahead of installing palisades
Second gate hung, completing the first gate assembly ahead of installing palisades
A view down the main run of compound enclosure posts
A view down the main run of compound enclosure posts
Delivery of our specialist APC AR3200 lockable half rack enclosures
Delivery of our specialist APC AR3200 lockable half rack enclosures