Blackburn with Darwen Council Data Centre Design, UK

When Blackburn with Darwen Council realised their old computer room could no longer meet the requirements and expectations of the 21st century electorate they initiated a programme to identify a new site and then build a modern and resilient data centre.

Capitoline LLP was commissioned to design the new high efficiency facility based on the Council’s current and planned requirements. An old council storage facility was identified on the edge of Blackburn that provided 500 m2 of floor space. Capitoline
designed into this a 200 m2 computer room with full supporting facilities.

Capitoline then assisted the Council in drawing up the technical tender and short listing qualified system integrators that could fit out the building to the
required standard.

On the basis of best value for money compliant bid Sudlows were successfully commissioned to build the new data centre. Sudlows could recommend
the latest in data centre technologies and guide the Council on how to become active participants in advocating energy efficiency. This included Flywheel
UPS and Free Cooling technology as the latest products to radically reduce their carbon footprint.

The new secure data centre structure also uniquely integrates an external Disaster Recovery Centre for effective support in the instance of any critical IT and technology system crisis, which ensures future business continuity, support and protection.

The recommendation of enhanced design features sets the facility to achieve a minimum annualised Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.4 resulting in an eco-friendly solution.
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