Caunton Engineering supplied and erected the steelwork for a major new Data Centre in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The client is JP Morgan, one of the world’s leading investment banks. The company has recently stopped outsourcing its computers and technology work in the UK, and needs new capacity to store its records.
The data centre encloses 7000sq metres of technical area framed out largely by 16.8m long 686UB sections. These members are pre-coated with intumescent paint off-site, thereby accelerating on-site progress. A light weight steel roof is supported over this floor along with a complex plant support structure. The plant support structure was designed in-house by Caunton Engineering, who worked closely with fellow trade contractor Crown House (M&E) and Waterman Partnership’s engineers. This ensured the scheme was fully co-ordinated, because of the complicated arrangement of pipe-work and plant that is to be supported above and below the galvanised framework.
Erection by Caunton’s own directly employed team of erectors was achieved in a speedy five weeks, to meet with the fifty-one weeks overall construction programme.
JP Morgan has specified that this project will be a benchmark for environmental considerations in data centre design. The Bank reports that within the technical area, the data centre has an N+N redundancy specification, with the building designed to Tier 3 specification. This will of course help to solve problems associated with the large throughput expected.