Banking on experience.
This vast development for a large-scale global bank consisted of two new data centres. The project was completed in two primary phases: Project Fox, the main build and fit-out of three of the six data halls
in each data centre; and Project Reynard, the fit-out of a further hall within each centre.
We had a primary brief – to achieve Uptime Institute Tier IV (the rating for the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business-critical infrastructure) and to meet the exacting standards of IBM, the technical authority. For the first phase we were appointed as the client-side monitoring engineers to oversee the detailed design development and construction stage through to practical completion. For the second phase, as well as working as lead designer employed by both the architect and structural engineer, we were appointed by the client from inception stage through to practical completion on two of the fallow halls.
We worked with the bank at stakeholder level to ensure all requirements were fully understood. The main challenge was to ensure the existing live services were kept fully operational with no reduction in resilience during the works. We carried out extensive surveys to validate the existing installation, adapting our designs to suit. Detailed analysis of the switching required to complete the works also supported our approach, and meant we could advise on method statements to meet the bank’s needs. Ultimately, it was our significant depth of knowledge in live data centre working, as well as current innovations, that meant we could fully meet the Tier IV needs.