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Data Centre – East London

Design of the base building and subsequent fit-out for the world’s first multi-storey indirect air-cooled data centre

High rise building taken from the ground up, featuring cooling pipes down one side and a circuit board design on the other

The site is built on part of the former East India docks in London that was in-filled in the 1960s. The project comprises the design and construction of an innovative new build high-rise data centre located in a tight urban location. The data centre contains six technical floors, 1,120m² each with a power density circa 2,000W/m.

This project was the first time that indirect air (IAO) cooling was used over six storeys, located external to the building. This reduced the reliance on refrigerants which are a large contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Developing this required extensive client collaboration and CFD modelling.

Andrew Moore, Partner at Cundall, said "There were significant challenges in land contamination; potential for unexploded ordnance and the presence of the East India Road tunnel."

Key fact

The data centre was the first multi-storey indirect air cooled project to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.


Malcolm Howe in front of office building

Malcolm Howe

Technical Partner, Critical Systems

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Close collaboration with our client has been essential for the successful delivery of this ground-breaking project



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