The first of four data centres to be built at Kao Park on the Harlow Enterprise Zone is on schedule for completion in the middle of December 2017. This, on the state-of-the-art science and technology data centre campus, will provide 80,000 square feet of space for the use of clients nationally and internationally to host their data storage requirements.
Earlier this year, Kao Data’s development managers Goldacre, announced that they had secured commercial funding of £33m to construct the first data centre building and this led to the appointment of Stevenage based firm JCA Engineering to undertake its construction.
The data centre development at Kao Park then achieved a major milestone in July with the switching on of its power supplies, two months ahead of schedule. This has been a major engineering project over the last two years and now means that when construction of the first data centre completes in December 2017, it will be fully operational.
Paul Finch, Chief Operating Officer at KAO Data said, “Taking power out of the critical path de-risks the delivery, positioning the project for further success. It is also an important step towards the realization of phase one of the development. With the first building due to be declared watertight in July, energization of the site means that installation of engineering infrastructure can go ahead without hindrance.”
KAO Data Park has secured a 43.5 MVA power supply served by its own UKPN adoptable substation. The company has made a significant investment in the power supply, with three primary transformers independently fed from the primary grid to ensure maximum resilience for all four buildings on the site, which will house sixteen technology suites in its final built-out state.
Paul Finch continues, “Energisation of the site is a serious tick in the box for any data centre owner and operator. We can now proceed through levels 1 to 5 of the commissioning process to keep the facility on target for its practical completion by December this year. Keeping this project on time and on budget is to the credit of a very accomplished and dedicated professional and contracting team. Particular credit goes to Matrix Networks in collaboration with JCA Engineering.”
KAO Data Campus will comprise four data centres each split into four halls and designed over three floors, totalling around 150,000 sq ft. net technical space. Each technology suite will be capable of supporting a 2,175kW IT load totalling an 8.7MW IT load across each building. The initial infrastructure work across the site (e.g. the provision of roads and utilities) was part-funded by Harlow Council and the Homes and Communities Agency through loan financing in 2015 and 2016.
Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Enterprise at Harlow Council, a part-funder of the infrastructure works, said, “The Council was pleased to be a partner in this important development for the town. The data centre campus is a significant element in the continuing science and technology-led economic development of Harlow. It will also be a strong complement to our adjacent Science Park.
With the infrastructure completed, funding in place, provision of a new power supply and good progress on the construction, the first data centre is now on track to be completed on 13th December 2017 – another major milestone in the development of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.