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Meridian Park Data Centre

 

Construction consultancy firm, Concert (https://weareconcert.com/) has been working with Ark Data

Centres to bring an innovative data centre to North London.

Appointed by Ark Data Centres, Concert took on the roles of Cost Manager and Principal Designer on this exciting development which ensured sustainability was a key focus in the transformation of this brownfield site.

“We have worked successfully on several projects for Ark Data Centres for over a decade now and I am always impressed with their commitment to social responsibility and their pioneering approach to sustainable development,” says Daniel Wright, Director at Concert.

“This innovative North London site benefits from electrical power generated from Edmonton EcoPark, which turns waste into low carbon energy.”

Beginning in 2019, the site developed over four phases, of which Concert was involved throughout.  The finished scheme delivers a total of 16MW of white space over 7nr Data Halls, cooled by indirect evaporative cooling units housed on external plant gantries.

Previously a distribution centre, the site required extensive adaptations including a new external envelope and the construction external plant gantries.  The ground floor slab was also replaced to improve loading capacity and a new mezzanine floor was constructed, improving space utilization and transforming the space into a cutting-edge tier 3 data centre facility.

As is common with brownfield sites, some further localized remediation was necessary, which was managed effectively to minimize impact to the delivery programme.

The project employed the use of the NEC3 form of contract, placing the contracts on a Design & Build basis with the addition of a formal gain-share mechanism to promote collaboration and create measurable benefit from improved performance by all parties involved.