With our knowledge of critical power, cooling solutions, infrastructure and power monitoring and our technical understanding of building standards for the data centre industry, we are best placed to deliver on refurbishment or new build projects, providing true turnkey options; on walls, floors, ceilings, sub-structure and super-structure. We use our expertise to provide the correct solutions with the optimum return on investment in mind at all times.
We have over 20 years of operation, gained a healthy respect from our peers, customers and suppliers of delivering engineering services to a broad spectrum of industries, institutions and authorities, including environmental engineering, offsite manufacture, rail, IT and facilities services.
Our focus is led by the drive to keep costs down and quality up, which are key requirements to our customers and why they engage with us early in the project concept allowing our design and technical employees to use innovative techniques that normal procurement routes exclude.
We understand that IT infrastructure is critical to every business, especially when it is your business and therefore design and build systems, that have dual redundancies, as well as investing heavily in temporary and mobile equipment.
Finally, we believe that to continue to grow the relationship with our customers, it should always be with integrity, be part of their team, and at the heart of their business.
The concept of prefabricated modular and portable buildings is growing in popularity. Modular Data centres can be designed and constructed to detailed specifications in a controlled factory environment.
Pre-commissioned, they considerably reduce time on site normally spent validating the operation of services from cooling through to Monitoring software.
Modular data centres offer scalable growth of IT infrastructure and the flexibility to modify the design and size of future plans of development.
Modular buildings arrive on site ready to deploy, which in turn significantly reduce on site installation/programme costs.
Modular data centres by nature are relatively small, an optimised footprint is essential, leading to function specific modules that can accommodate larger capacity racks and providing a greater kW per square metre ratio.
This site is a new containerisation switch room, purposely built for the requirements for new housing growth within the Margate area, FEL provided the design concept which Virgin Media were delighted that the concept will back up the existing provision on site.
From start to completion FEL and their associates have been professional in their work on and off site, and always maintained close contact with the local businesses ensuring that the construction works did not impede in any way on their business or customers. Safety is a key topic within Virgin Media and we have had no issues at all while FEL have carried out their installation and delivery works
New Modular Solution
International television & telecommunications company
Modular Build Room PUE
Logistically, there was a short driveway up to the site with a small car park. An external generator, fuel tank and unused greenfield land owned by the client next to the existing site and car park. Filled with shrubbery and hedges this land backed onto a security fence which enclosed the whole site.
Outline planning permissions and landlord approvals were obtained to use this land as a potential solution using a new modular building concept to house the proposed customer growth. Once approved, a noise survey and a utility detection and mapping ground survey were carried out.
This risk clearly needed to be mitigated immediately to comply with CDM regulations. An initial desk study was carried out which included a preliminary UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) risk assessment which enables the surveyors to quantify the risk further.
An additional detailed survey of the UXO area was undertaken with a suspicious object identified. Recommended procedures were undertaken in order to remove the object and make the ground safe and viable for the proposed works to continue.
The land was cleared, and a new trench was excavated to join with the existing DNO services route. A new paved footway and concrete slab were installed ready for the installation of the new modular Data centre building.
The Modular Data centre installed features a wall structure that incorporated a mild steel, primed, structural framework to take the wind and lifting loads. The external wall skins were formed from zinc coated steel sheets with vertical and horizontal stiffening members to cater for the wind loading. A proprietary, modular raised flooring system was installed comprising of base-plate support adjustable pedestals complete with cruciform head and nominal 600mm x 600mm x 42mm access flooring tiles finished in antistatic vinyl. The building was manufactured as to ensure effective retention of the fire suppression gas. The building also has a rating of IP54 with doors rated to IP4X.
The options for optimum energy efficient cooling were explored.
Direct “Free” cooling was proposed; however, this site is situated in a coastal location, whereby directly supplied fresh air would bring saline saturated air into the technical space leading to increased levels of corrosion.
Various water chiller options were assessed but were soon rejected, as it was highlighted there was no permanent water supply on site, plus energy calculations showed lower ROI’s.
The cooling option selected that met the best energy profile, with all the site constraints considered became DX InRows.
Two Airedale LIR6042U-X240-0 InRow AHUs were installed in a new contained hot aisle within the modular building, with the option to add a third as the IT load is increased above the current requirement. The Airedale InRow AHUs featured EC fan motors, N+1 fan redundancy, refrigeration leak detection and microprocessor controls with graphical display.
The AHUs were set on supply air temperature at 21°C. The associated outdoor condenser units for the AHUs were located at the rear of the building within a dedicated security cage, whilst still remembering to permit future growth.
An additional benefit for our customer for this particular modular solution, is that there is a potential requirement to move this entire IT growth to another more suitable site in the future. This modular solution would therefore enable a faster timescale for this undertaking.