Kelvin Data Centre, Glasgow

Date: Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Works have started on a newly constructed resilient data centre for the University of Glasgow.

The data centre will accommodate the Scot Grid servers, School Physics & Astronomy, IT and potential for further corporate IT systems that would create a centralised ‘fit-for-purpose’ data centre. The intent is for the facility to maintain the standards of the Uptime Institute Certification to allow for future accreditation to be sought.

Each of the 2 No. data halls are capable of functioning autonomously, each hall having its own plant and services. Recognising the industry trends towards green cooling, the building has been designed to facilitate a cooling system which incorporates free-cooling.

Client: University of Glasgow

Main Contractor: Graham Construction

Architect:  Fairhurst

Consultant: TUV

Services: M&E

Duration:  8 months

Location: Glasgow

Electrical services include:

  • Diversions of existing services
  • HV Installation
  • LV Switchgear and sub mains cabling
  • Busbar installation
  • Generator installation – 1600kVA to uptime institute requirements
  • Automatic transfer switch installation
  • UPS installation – 250kVA and 80Kva
  • Power distribution units
  • Fire suppression
  • Power earthing installation
  • General purpose & emergency lighting
  • Lighting controls
  • External lighting
  • General Purpose Power
  • Fire Alarm & Vesda system
  • Structured cabling
  • CCTV
  • Access control
  • Mechanical wiring
  • Lightning protection
  • Test & commission

Mechanical services include:

  • Diversions of existing services
  • DX Air conditioning
  • Ventilation
  • Heating installation
  • Plumbing
  • Above ground drainage and condensates
  • Leak detection
  • External water mains
  • Fire hydrant
  • BMS controls
  • Test & commission