Following its recent purchase of the site set to become Central London’s most advanced and resilient data centre, specialist data centre provider Volta has contracted StructureTone, one of the UK’s leading specialists in data centre construction and fit-out, to undertake the £35m refurbishment project.
Working closely with Volta, StructureTone will embark on the eight month project to convert the shell of the old Reuters building into London’s first new and its most sophisticated data centre in over a decade. Once completed, the new facility will be unveiled in early 2013, providing highly efficient data centre infrastructure which will be particularly attractive for users of latency-sensitive services in the nearby financial services industries.
StructureTone will work to transform the Great Sutton Street island site incorporating the latest engineering technologies to create a Tier III, extremely secure and resilient facility with a PUE comparable to any other facility of its type.
• The power will be supplied by two new 33kV diverse supplies, making the facility its own Primary Sub Station with two 33kV transformers and giving it the most resilient power supply in central London
• The basement and ground floor will house the electrical plant equipment, with the four floors above containing the servers in highly secure racks
• The Great Sutton Street facility will also have an advanced cooling system with the chiller and heat rejection plant installed on the roof.
• In total, the data centre will occupy 8,500 square metres of space
• The building also benefits from currently being served by a number of telecommunication providers including; Colt, Verizon, C&W, BT, AboveNet, EU networks and Geo Networks, allowing customers immediate access to a wide range of the world’s leading connectivity services.
“We’re thrilled that the project is progressing according to plan and after a long period of design, we’re delighted to now be at the construction stage”, said Matthew Dent, chief executive of Volta. “StructureTone is a very highly regarded name in the construction industry and the sheer wealth of experience the company has in the data centre space convinced us that they’re the best team to help us realise our great ambitions for this new data centre.”
Richard Brandon, director of Structure Tone Mission Critical commented, “Structure Tone is delighted to have been appointed to deliver this prestigious and highly challenging central London project. We are proud to be delivering a new Volta facility which will rival all other data centres in the London market”.
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