Keysource gets the green light for Teesside University Data Centre

Keysource, the data centre design specialist, has completed its role to deliver principal design consultancy to Teesside University for its challenging new data centre upgrade project.

Keysource’s design on this complex project, which recently received planning permission, will see the University’s data centre benefit from a new critical power generator. This will ensure it has an uninterruptable power supply as well as a highly resilient modular UPS which can be expanded in response to changing requirements. It also utilises an innovative fresh-air cooling system that will make full use of the low-ambient temperatures around the data centre.

The full scope of Keysource’s consultancy contract was to conduct an initial feasibility study identifying any issues and risks, and address them. Designs were then developed for critical power and air quality. Keysource also assisted with the planning submission and took responsibility for the procurement of contractors and suppliers, taking the role of CDM principal designer.

There were several major risks that needed to be ironed out in the design process due to the data centre’s location. The University is flanked by an estuary and in close proximity to the sea. This means that the atmosphere around the data centre could be potentially challenging for both the IT and M&E infrastructure, with corrosion being a risk needing to be factored into the design. In addition, as the data centre is in the heart of Middlesbrough where the surrounding area is host to a large number of industries, there is the usual threat from external contaminants.

Keysource had to take into account noise control and all modifications also had to meet strict planning requirements.

Andrew Maclaren, Assistant Director (Estates Services & Energy Procurement) at Teesside University said,

“We chose Keysource through the North East Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) framework. We wanted totally independent data centre design specialists with experience in both fresh air cooling as well as working within the education sector. Keysource has professionally met every requirement and we’re really pleased with their designs and guidance on sourcing the best solutions for our needs.”

Andy Hayes, Director at Keysource added,

“We have a number of Higher Education providers within our portfolio and are well versed in the challenges the sector faces particularly around the need for flexibility and the budgetary constraints. We were able to complete this project on time and on budget and our innovative design will ensure the data centre meets Teesside University’s IT requirements for many years to come.”

Design consultancy for Midlands colocation provider

We have just completed a design project for the development of a new colocation facility for Space Data Centers in Nottingham. The IT facility, which will deliver up to 50 racks, will accommodate a combination of customers’ colocation equipment and managed IT services. It is designed to deliver capacity within the local area to both public and private organisations looking for professional and high performance facilities.

The design incorporates highly efficient modular M&E solutions to ensure the facility can scale with no disruption as the load increases, and a resilient infrastructure for concurrent maintainability with modular components to improve resilience. The facility was designed to Tier III specifications, with 2N electrical distribution and concurrently maintainable N+1 cooling and power infrastructure.

As lead design consultant Keysource also fulfilled the role of Principal Designer in line with CDM 2015 regulations. We worked closely with Space Data Centers to develop the brief and design and delivered all aspects of the layout and mechanical and electrical systems. We also provided strategic consultancy and business planning support, and will be supporting Space Data Centres through the construction phase and into operation.

Gary Digva, Director of Space Data Centres said:

Our facility will be a big step forward in the area for outsourced data centre services and it is vital that the design meets all aspects of best practice, resilience and efficiency so we can demonstrate our commitment to the highest levels of service. Keysource is the perfect partner for us on this project as the company has a wealth of experience and its in-house design and engineering teams can meet our exact requirements in a timely and flexible way.



CDM Regulations 2015 – What must you do to comply?

The new Construction Design Management (CDM) regulations 2015 are supported by a new guidance document (L153) and became effective from 6th April 2015, they superseded the previous code of practice document, ACOP L144, written for CDM 2007.

The guidance supports H&S legislation and therefore means all duty holders will be accountable. Duty holders who have responsibilities and duties are clients, designers, contractors and workers.

If you are unsure of what this means to you or how you can ensure you are compliant with the new CDM regulations, and following on from our last blog on how the CDM changes will affect the construction industry, we’ve put together a list of 6 things you need to do to make sure you are in line with the legislation changes.

What must I do to comply?

  1. Engage or appoint a competent specialist consultant (such as Keysource) to help guide and advise you.
  2. Understand that CDM 2015 applies to ALL construction, dismantling, alteration, renovation, installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair projects whether domestic, non-domestic, notifiable or non-notifiable.
  3. Ensure that if more than one contractor is involved in a project then a principal designer and principal contractor must be appointed by the client.
  4. Ensure that health and safety must be managed in accordance with a suitably prepared and developed construction phase plan on ALL projects, even those undertaken by a single-contractor on a domestic project.
  5. Ensure a health and safety file is prepared for ALL projects involving more than one contractor.
  6. Ensure that all stakeholders appointed have, or are in the process of gaining, the right skills, knowledge, training and experience.

Principal Designers and Principal Contractors for Data Centres

Appointing qualified competent and experienced professionals to fulfil these roles in critical environments is a legal requirement and fundamental to a successful project outcome.

For further information and to see how Keysource can help you with the CDM 2015 regulations please contact us today.

Construction Design and Management Regulations have changed!

On the 6th of April CDM regulations changed in line with EU legislation.  If you are planning a project with more than one contractor you need to comply.

If you work in the building industry you will be aware that Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of construction projects. More often than not projects are being delivered in demanding locations to tight timescales, whilst complex developments regularly involve multiple tradesmen working within close proximity onsite. This creates inevitable challenges for both domestic and commercial developments.

To better align with EU legislation, the Health & Safety Executive recently made some alterations to CDM. However, it is fair to say the new guidelines are a little ambiguous in places.

Beyond the primary aim to ‘maintain or improve worker protection’, the key updated objectives are to simplify the regulatory package, ‘discourage bureaucracy’ and focus on improving health and safety standards on small construction sites. In addition, CDM 2015 will implement the European Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive (TMCSD) ‘in a proportionate way,’ and ‘meet better regulation principles’.

In another significant change, the CDM-c is to be replaced by a new role, the ‘Principal Designer’, who will be appointed by the business (or individual) in control of the procurement and pre-construction phase (i.e. the client). It is this element of control and influence over the design that marks a fundamental shift from the previous CDM-c role.

Implications for Clients, Principal Contractors & Principal Designers

Many individuals and SMEs affected by the new CDM will not necessarily have the in-house expertise needed to meet the updated requirements. If you are planning or managing a project that involves more than one contractor, you must ensure a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor are appointed. You must also guarantee that a suitable and sufficient construction phase H&S plan is in place, regardless of the size, value and duration of the project, both domestic and commercial.

Ensuring a suitable construction phase H&S plan is developed and implemented will be key to safe delivery and compliance with new CDM regulations. As CDM Co-ordinators, Principal Designers and Principal Contractors with many years of experience in this field, we understand the challenges facing many smaller businesses and we are well positioned to guide you through this period of transition.

About Justin Busk, Head of Safety, Health and Environment

Justin is a senior Health & Safety professional and CDM Coordinator who has extensive experience working on a number of high profile, complex projects. Justin is a Chartered H&S professional who sits on a number of technical steering groups.

To find out more about CDM 2015 and how it affects you, contact Justin on +(0) 345 204 3333 or [email protected]


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