Ark Data Centres has today announced that the latest data centre module at its Spring Park campus is now fully operational, following a successful customer handover.
The third module at Ark’s Data Centre P1 facility has been delivered on schedule and on budget following an 18 week construction period, setting the pace for the rest of the industry, and ushers in the next phase of Ark’s rapid expansion as work already commences on Data Centre P2 at Spring Park.
The completion of the third module at Data Centre P1 is a significant milestone in Ark’s growth, as the company expands rapidly to serve the needs of a range of new customers at the Wiltshire-based campus.
With 4.5 megawatts of IT capacity and air-cooled technology, Data Centre P1 boasts a tested and contractually capped PUE of 1.25, an industry-leading standard which allows Ark to offer unprecedented savings to their customers. When compared against the industry’s average of 2.5 (from The Uptime Institute), Ark’s solution can save occupiers £1.1 million per megawatt of IT and up to 6,000 tonnes of carbon per year, for every year of the contract.
Data Centre P1 is located within its own secure compound within the external, secure boundary of Spring Park in Corsham – a site previously owned and still surrounded by the Ministry of Defence, and selected by Ark for the high levels of security it affords and its position relative to an intermodal point on the national grid.
Data Centre P1 will be followed by the scheduled completion of the first module of Data Centre P2 in July 2014, with construction having already started earlier this month and all equipment already on order. With a planned IT capacity of 9 megawatts upon its completion, double that of P1, Data Centre P2 will serve as further evidence of Ark’s growth strategy.
Andy Garvin, Construction Manager at Ark Data Centres said: “I am delighted to confirm that we have successfully completed Integrated System Testing (IST) on P1 Module 3, the third and final module for Data Centre P1, Spring Park. This is another key milestone achieved by Ark. We now look forward to Data Centre P2 on Spring Park and delivering many more successful Ark developments.”