Midlands architects have designs on new data centre

Designs for a major new data centre by Nottingham-based architects Marchini Curran Associates (MCa) have been approved by planners.

The way has now been cleared for work to begin on the 350,000 square foot, 30 megawatt, facility in Hemel Hempstead which is scheduled to come on line from spring 2015.

Essential IT and technical support for businesses will be delivered from the purpose built centre by Gyron Internet Limited, which already runs four other data centres in the region.

The development, which also includes 75,000 square feet of office space, will regenerate the site known as ‘The Campus’ on Maylands Avenue.

Andrew Bull, project director at MCa, said:

“We are pleased planners have given their backing to this exciting project for a progressive organisation with whom we have already worked successfully on other schemes.

“The design includes advanced green technology and high specification security measures which will provide a top class facility for one of the UK’s leading data centre service providers.”

Green technology is a major focus of the design with features such as end wall injection air conditioning, water-side economisation and chimney racks to expel heat putting it among the most energy efficient data centres in the UK. As well as being designed to BREEAM excellent standards, it will have a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of under 1.2.

The centre, known as ‘The Campus’, will also be the first large-scale, commercial colocation data centre in the UK to offer the option of a chillerless cooling system providing 30 per cent more energy capacity for ICT systems.

Robin Balen, Managing Director at Gyron said:

“This new facility is essential in enabling us to meet the growing demand we are experiencing and expect to experience in the future for data space.

“Our capabilities will be significantly increased as a result and so it’s a great step forward that planning has been granted. Marchini Curran Associates have designed an innovative, sustainable and secure facility that meets all of our needs.”

Gyron’s clients include Adobe, BSkyB, Salesforce, and high profile music streaming service Spotify.

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