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Cundall has been awarded the engineering and design contract for the second phase of Facebook’s new European energy efficient data centre campus in Luleå, Sweden, close to the Arctic Circle.

The data centre, Facebook’s first outside of the United States, includes the fit-out of two mega data halls (Halls C and D in building 1). Facebook looked at several sites across Europe, and picked Luleå for the availability of cheaper 'green' electricity and its cold climate, which supports abundant 'free cooling'. The move will see Facebook become faster for users across Europe.

The winning team led by Cundall includes Swedish engineering partner ÅF Group and architects Gensler.

Cundall’s Critical System team is a leader in the design of air optimised data centres and the Practice will be drawing on its multi-disciplinary and specialist capabilities to offer all engineering disciplines.

Cundall were selected for their proactive approach and their experience with low energy 'free cooling' systems. The massive data centre at Luleå is similar to the Facebook facilities that were opened in Prineville, Oregon, in April 2011 and Forest City, North Carolina, in April 2012. Luleå is a town with a population of 74,000 that is situated at the same latitude as Fairbanks, Alaska.

Construction has already begun on the building shell and the fit-out of the first two data halls; the facility is scheduled to come online in 2013.

Cundall has a strong track record in low energy critical systems design. Its global team has designed major data centres in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, a number of which have achieved BREEAM 'Excellent' ratings.

The company has a long history in innovative, low energy building design which started with Wansbeck Hospital, winner of the UK Green Building of the Year in 1994, and has continued to the present day with many award winning sustainable buildings. In 2010, Cundall were named the Building Magazine and UK Green Building Council’s Sustainable Consultant of the Year, and are the first design practice to be endorsed as a One Planet Company by BioRegional. Cundall has also become an Endorser for the European Code of Conduct for Data Centres. The Code has been created in response to the increasing energy consumption in data centres, its aim is to inform and stimulate data centre operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner without hampering the mission critical function of data centres. Cundall has also been working with specialist equipment manufacturers, who are developing low-energy cooling products for the data centre market.

Applying our skills and approach to data centres has placed Cundall at the forefront of efficient and sustainable data centre design, which was a key factor in being selected by Facebook to deliver their next generation of ultra-efficient data centres in Europe.

For more information on our Critical Systems services, please click here or contact Malcolm Howe.

20 Sep 2012

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