Our Project Story

Heathrow Data Centre.

Data Centre, Mission critical
Neil Roberts, Partner at Hoare Lea

Lead Partner:
Neil Roberts

Collaboration and commitment to detail.

We have supported a number of phases at the Heathrow data centre. As the consultant of choice for this leading global financial services firm, we worked on the project since the data centre’s first major upgrade in 2006, until the last phase completed in 2012.

A key challenge was managing the various teams involved, through both the design and handover stages of this highly complex project. We collaborated with various stakeholders and players to ensure success, with engineering and IT working together under our guidance.

Upgraded resilience.

The fit-out of the purpose-built data centre comprised an entire overhaul of the existing base-build electrical infrastructure. This meant we had to redevelop and completely upgrade the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) generator and cooling systems, in a live critical environment.

The project also entailed extending the facility. We were able to design solutions for six new additional data centre rooms and supporting services – everything from a new chilled water plant, megavolt (MV) generators, to UPS systems and MV transformers.

Consultant of choice.

Since 2012, we have continued to work collaboratively with the client on ways to reduce energy demands at the site and have successfully achieved significant savings. This was a project that required meticulous attention to detail: we looked after the installation, testing, and commissioning of all the mechanical and electrical services. The result? We achieved a significant increase in resilience and reduction in energy costs – all without disruption to the business-as-usual operation.

Key Figures
6 New data centre rooms and supporting services
10+ Years as client's primary consultant of choice
6,970m² Purpose-built data centre