Keysource to design and build new data centre for Datum

The announcement follows the company’s completion of the preconstruction project and subsequent competitive tender.

Data centre and critical environment firm Keysource has been appointed by Datum Data Centres to undertake the design and build of the first-floor data centre construction at its site on the Cody Technology Park, Farnborough, England.

The project involves the creation of a new data hall and associated ancillary areas, providing up to 285 new rack positions and capacity for an initial 800kW IT load, scalable up to 1,500kW (1.5MW). 

The company said that the facility will support mixed density applications through a flexible power distribution system and high efficiency cooling approach.

“Having a robust pre-construction phase before undertaking the design and build or upgrade of a data centre facility has a number of major benefits for clients,” said Jon Healy, Operations Director at Keysource.

“These include a robust design and delivery approach, with an ability to maintain cost control. For organisations that are operating a live facility it also ensures that there is no impact on existing operations.”

Its modular design and prefabrication will enable the project to be completed in under five months, making it operational for the anchor tenant by October 2020.

This includes front of house works; the installation of a passenger and goods lifts; secure customer access; and a goods in and storage areas.

The company added that the project will be delivered in accordance with COVID-19 working guidelines for construction.

“Keysource has been our trusted advisor since 2013 and have completed a range of projects for us including a number of upgrades and fit outs to meet the needs of both our new and existing customers,” said Dominic Phillips, Managing Director at Datum.

“They have shown us that having a pre-construction phase for these projects is extremely valuable in helping us to achieve the right result that is future proof and delivers our key business objectives.”