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.



The National Archives appoints Keysource to deliver data centre professional services

Following a competitive tender, The National Archives has appointed Keysource, the expert in business critical environments, to help reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint in line with the Government’s strategic objectives.

Under the terms of the deal Keysource will be responsible for providing data centre professional services in relation to one of The National Archives’ sites in Kew, which houses most of the storage, network and server infrastructure used to deliver corporate and customer facing technology services.

The scope of the project focuses on Keysource developing a set of best practice principles and energy efficiency initiatives which can be implemented throughout the data centre. The four-week project, when completed, will enable The National Archives to tender out the required upgrade work identified during this initial piece of work.

Paul Davies, Head of Estates and Operational Security at The National Archives, said:

The quality of the Keysource bid clearly demonstrated their approach to professional services was well established in this environment and appropriate for our needs.  Their experience in previous project outcomes have delivered on objectives for best practice and energy efficiency.

Rob Elder, Director, Keysource, added:

We are passionate about the need for continuous improvement and the adoption of best practice.  We believe that there is a huge opportunity for organisations to benefit from the retrofit and upgrade of existing spaces and we are delighted to be supporting The National Archives as they are leading the way with this approach.

About The National Archives:

For the record, for good…The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, The National Archives looks after and makes available to the public a collection of historical records dating back more than 1,000 years, including records as diverse as the Domesday Book and MI5 files.

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]

Design, build and beyond

Developing an effective data centre is not simply about getting the design right, but also the ongoing management to optimise the facility. Data centre facilities management (DCFM) has traditionally been about planned servicing and maintenance, but in recent years the role is now changing with greater focus on operational performance and proactive management. As a result, there is now the opportunity to achieve greater efficiency, utilisation and resilience to better meet precise business needs.

The challenge for data centre facilities management is to identify where the opportunities for improvement exist and have the tools and therefore confidence to implement changes that will boost performance. Supported by simple and effective processes and procedures they can significantly reduce human error and manage a data centre better, maximising uptime and delivering real business benefit.


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