EMCOR Group (UK) completes new data centre for Woking Borough Council

Jul 18, 2013 | UPS & Standby Power

Facilities management provider EMCOR Group (UK) has completed a new data centre for Woking Borough Council.

The data centre accommodates the council’s ICT services and also provides additional capacity, enabling the council to lease rack space to local businesses to house their IT systems.

EMCOR UK was responsible for the energy efficient design, build and fit out of the scalable data centre. Scope of work included installation of fire detection and suppression systems, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), cooling systems and leak prevention system, access control, CCTV, and also dark fibre links between the new data centre and the council’s civic offices.

Energy efficiency and the capacity to accommodate future growth were key requirements of the council. EMCOR UK’s design incorporated a number of energy saving features such as the installation of ‘in row’ door coolers, which cool only the units in use, thereby eliminating the need for costly ‘whole room’ air conditioning units, and maximises usable floor area.

Additionally, to meet the council’s growth plans, EMCOR UK’s modular solution is scalable and has the ability to expand from the current ten data cabinets to a future capacity of up to 29 racks. The modular approach also means that Woking Borough Council can easily and accurately calculate costs per cabinet associated with leasing units.

Jamie Archer, infrastructure manager at Woking Borough Council, said, “We are delighted with our new data centre facility, which will house the council’s ICT services, and also provide co-location facilities for local businesses. EMCOR UK delivered a fully managed, design, build and fit-out solution, and when additional work packages were added to the project by the council, EMCOR’s skilled and flexible team ensured that this did not impact on the project timescales – completing the data centre on time and on budget. EMCOR was a pleasure to work with.”

David Parker, group executive director of EMCOR UK, commented, “Building on our collaborative, 15 year relationship with Woking Borough Council, we were able to develop a solution that met our customer’s needs. EMCOR UK’s specialist technical expertise, combined with a collaborative approach, delivered a state of the art data centre for the council’s expanding ICT infrastructure.”