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Ark stride forward at Spring Park

DURING July, Ark Data Centres made rapid progress at their
dedicated data centre campus in Wiltshire.

The steelworks for the second phase of Data Centre SQ17 have
been erected in just two weeks, following the resolution of an
issue concerning unexpected ground conditions that caused an
initial delay.

Work commenced in early April 2013 and the entire shell and core
are due for completion in December 2013. Pip Squire, Design &
Build Director for Ark said, “We are rapidly expanding our data
centre estate to meet the growing demand for high integrity data
centres. Module one of SQ17, one of our first facilities, has been
operational since December 2010, and two years on the shell will be
ready for a further four modules and admin block. Module two’s
energy centre slab will be released ready for M&E deployment
from the 19th August 2013”

In keeping with Arks sustainable principles and procurement
programme, local suppliers and contractors have been utilised to
reduce the carbon footprint and to attribute towards a BREEAM
certification of excellent and as part of the Considerate
Constructors Scheme.

Once complete SQ17 will comprise of six 2MVA modules, all
supporting four BIL4 (or up to BIL6 if required) Data Suites which
can each hold up to 75 cabinets with average power of 2.66kW.

SQ17 is located in its own secure compound within the external,
secure boundary of Spring Park in Corsham, Wiltshire; a site
previous owned and still surrounded by the MoD which was selected
by Ark for the levels of security it affords and its position
relative to an intermodal point on the national grid.

The campus is also home to Data Centre P1, module one of which
has been operational since November 2011. Modules two and three
were recently completed and the facility boasts a tested and proven
low PUE of 1.25. When compared against a traditional data centre
running at 2.5 Ark’s solution can save occupiers £1.1 million per
megawatt of IT and 6,000 tonnes of carbon per year, for every year
of the contract.

As well as being highly energy efficient, Ark continues to roll
out their landscape and environmental management plan to increase
biodiversity at both their Spring Park and Cody Park campuses. Ark
has also met stringent noise conditions as set out during planning;
noise attenuation steps have been taken, and tested, to ensure
there is no operational noise impact on the nearest receptors.

Stephen Hall, Executive Sales & Marketing Director said, “We
have an aggressive growth strategy and have seen our sales pipeline
expand exponentially since our recapitalisation last July. The
continued development on both campuses to meet customer demand is a
true reflection of Arks commitment to deliver data centres that
enable the digital capability underpinning our modern economy and
public services.”

Ark Data Centres Limited
Spring Park, Westwells Road Hawthorn, Corsham Wiltshire SN13 9GB