Cobalt Data Centre 1

Location Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Services Building services, civil, structural, fire and geotechnical engineering, sustainable design, transportation, IT and audio visual
Sector Critical Systems, Workplace
Client Highbridge Properties Ltd 
Architect Woods Bagot
Imagery © Highbridge/Mike Smith

Malcolm Howe

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Cundall was commissioned to design a new data centre in Cobalt Business Park. The data centre was constructed on a speculative basis, with the shell completed in August 2010. The building accommodates four tailored data halls, each with a power density of 1400W/m2.

In order to meet the requirements of BREEAM 'Excellent', the landlord's office space was designed to be naturally ventilated in the summer and mechanically ventilated in the winter. Space heating was provided via air source heat pumps, and electricity supplemented via photovoltaic. A return on investment study was conducted for cold aisle containment.

The data hall is enhanced by free-cooling air-cooled chillers, variable speed pumps and EC Fan CRAC units to deliver cooling via a raised accessible floor. The electrical power distribution system comprises static uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with standby rated generators.

For further information on this project please visit the Data Centre website.

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Cobalt Data Centres 2 & 3

Cobalt DC2 and DC3 are the first data centres in the UK to achieve a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating and are developed in line with the end building uses. The buildings complement the first data centre that was completed in August 2010.

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