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Ark Data Centre


Technology, Colocation

Ark Data Centre

RED was designer and lead consultant responsible for the mechanical and electrical services for Ark’s Data Centre P1, at Spring Park in Wiltshire.

Data Centre P1 was recognised as a finalist in the Uptime Institute GEIT 2012 and shortlisted for the BroadGroup 5th Annual Data Centre Europe 2012 Awards.

Phase 1 of P1 consists of two data rooms of 1.52MW IT and was delivered 24 weeks from order to client handover, 9 weeks of which were on-site installation, commissioning and IST. Phase 1 had a footprint of 13,100ft2 set in its own 41,000ft2 secure compound, providing a total of 10,400ft2 of IT space internally.

This phase of data centre (6 data rooms over 3 phases) provided a total IT technical space of around 31,200 ft2, situated in a secure compound of 86,700 ft2.

This project set the template for the roll-out of such modular data centres across two similar sites which both now total 39MW.

Key Facts

  • Benefits include: Direct fresh air free cooling. Full free cooling for 99.7% of the year. N + 1 rotary UPS system
  • Based on the assumptions that the entire Spring Park Campus will be built to the same specifications, it will save:
    • 60,000 tonnes CO2 / year - If all data centres were as efficient as Ark’s P1 the CO2 savings would be equivalent to all power generation, transport and fuel used in domestic and commercial environments for the whole of California
    • 160 million gallons water / year - equivalent to 200,000 people in a developing country
  • Recognition: Uptime Institute GEIT 2012 finalist. BroadGroup 5th Annual Data Centre Europe 2012 finalist.



Client: Ark Data Centres

Location: UK

Period: Completed 2012

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