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Putting A Lid On It - Top Floor DC Build OUt

On February 8, Next Generation Data (NGD) announced the build of an additional 250,000sq.ft of capacity at its mega data centre campus near Cardiff - on the top floor.

This follows a spate of new customer contracts worth in excess of £125 million over the next five years including agreements with several Fortune 100 companies.

Construction work is already underway on NGD’s top floor to accommodate the new private and shared data halls. The scale and complexity of the project requires more than 500 construction workers to be permanently on site, creating further substantial employment for locally based contractor firms.

Simon Taylor, NGD’s Chairman, said: “NGD employs over 50 personnel and with this latest major top floor expansion project is providing a further boost to the local economy. We have over 500 construction workers on site plus around 120 further contractors providing IT and facilities management services. Our strong forward order book indicates that NGD will once again be a major source of local employment this year.

“Our latest contract successes demonstrate major multinationals are continuing to find NGD’s UK based world class facility is unbeatable on price and performance, especially when it comes to our space, power, connectivity and 100 per cent service level record.

NGD’s 16 week build out timescales and the financial resources of our funding partner Infravia Capital Partners is enabling us to respond extremely quickly to global market opportunities.”

 

Coming in from the cold

Added Phil Smith, NGD’s Construction Director, recently joined from global construction engineering firm Spie. He said: “NGD’s 750,000sq.ft multi-tier facility has already reached 30% occupancy with 31 data halls but we still have abundant space and power available to future proof customer requirements as well as soak up new business demand. The largely pillar-free top floor is ideal for a variety of scalable data hall designs including private and shared facilities.”

 

Largest in Europe

Since opening its multimillion pounds data centre campus for business eight years ago NGD has already notched up over 32MW of built space and remains Europe’s largest data centre campus. In 2016 the company secured multimillion pound funding from Infravia Capital Partners to accelerate expansion. The highly secure facility features a vast 180 MW renewably sourced power capacity and multiple high speed low latency fibre network connections. NGD is ideally suited to meeting demanding Cloud and High Performance Computing requirements.

Picture: Located in the Cardiff Capital Region, NGD is a purpose-built carrier-neutral Tier 3 facility offering 750,000 sq feet (gross internal area) of highly secure space housing up to 22,000 racks. These can be arranged into self-contained and colocation data halls of various sizes all with independent services, resilient power and cooling systems.

 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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