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Ark’s latest Development completes Integrated Systems Testing

ARK Data Centres today announce that its latest data centre
facility at Cody Park, A101, has successfully completed IST ahead
of schedule.

Site enabling works began in December 2012 and eight weeks
later, on the 28th February, the deployment of the Data Rooms
commenced. Despite the challenging weather conditions throughout
the cold, wet winter and spring, Ark delivered module one of Data
Centre A101 in just 18 weeks from release of the concrete slab, on
programme and to budget. Customer handover is set for 1st August
2013.

This first module, a two-storey facility consisting of two
separate and secure Data Rooms each supporting 750kW of IT load, is
set in its own compound within a secure campus adjacent to Cody
Technology Park, which is home to Data Centre A9, another Ark
facility which has been operational since December 2011.

Cody Park is ideally located for occupiers seeking secure, low
carbon data centre facilities within replication distance to
London.

As part of the planning consent for A101 Ark has met stringent
noise conditions, noise attenuation steps have been taken, and
tested, to ensure there is no operational noise impact on the
nearest receptors.

A101, once complete, will comprise a state of the art Data
Centre with six Data Rooms providing space for up to 1176 cabinets,
at an average 4.2kW per cabinet, over 42 discrete Aisles. Each
module construction occurs in phases and will not affect the
existing modules in any way. Built aligned to Ark’s Sustainable
principles the facilities at Cody Park are on course to receive a
BREEAM certification of Very Good.

The final day of Integrated Systems Testing took place on the
12th July, three days ahead of schedule and in the presence of BCS
CEEDA accreditors. In what is an rare occasion in the industry, a
customer was also present for this event.

Ark’s Design & Build Director Pip Squire said: “The BCS
official expressed amazement that we would carry out such an
important test in front of a customer – as this is something that
seldom happens in this industry. But, this is what we do at Ark. We
are open and transparent in our approach to delivery. We have
confidence in our products, our systems and our delivery team,
which we will continue to demonstrate at every stage of our
partnerships. This is just business as usual.”

Following the successfully completed IST, a two-week period of
training and familiarisation takes place for the operations live
service team prior to customer handover.

Huw Owen, CEO of Ark, said: “This is another step forward for
Ark’s plan to take the company to the next level and achieve our
aggressive expansion plans. The team has put in a sterling effort
and should be very happy with the result.”

Ark is not standing still at Cody Park and orders have been
placed to complete module two of A101 by the end of the year.

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