Developer Highbridge Properties has announced that DC1, the first of two new data centers at Cobalt Park in Newcastle, has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating at the design stage assessment, making it one of the greenest in the UK.
Guy Marsden, Highbridge Properties, comments, "Data Centers, due to the nature of their activity, are very heavy users of energy. We have estimated that by designing and building DC1 to BREEAM Excellent standard, energy use can be cut by more than half compared to a conventional new build facility. This is very important in today's market as many corporates who use Data Centers have strict carbon emission and sustainability targets they have to meet and a data center that helps them hit these targets rather than hinder them is an appealing prospect."
DC1 incorporates 4,262 m² net technical or 'white' space comprising four autonomous data halls completed to shell. The facility is prepared for technical fit-out on a bespoke basis to a power density of up to 1,600 watts/m², and is available on a leasehold basis for either part, single or multiple halls. The center is also on track to achieve the impressive PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) energy efficiency rating of less than 1.3.
Guy Marsden continues, "The BREEAM Excellent rating is a measure of our ongoing commitment to developing and investing in quality built environment projects in the North East, and I'm delighted that our DC1 is pushing the envelope for sustainable data centers in the UK.
"Unusually, the data center has been developed entirely speculatively, and full funding is in place to complete the entire fit out of the scheme."
The BREEAM Excellent score has been awarded just weeks after the Building Research Establishment (BRE Global) announced they were extending their environmental rating scheme for buildings to cover Data Centers. DC1's rating follows the design stage assessment and the final BREEAM award will be announced once the post-construction assessment is completed.
DC1 forms the first of two Data Center buildings on the Cobalt technical real estate campus. A 6,000-m² net refurbished facility called DC2 will provide a further three autonomous data halls.
The new campus will offer a minimum Tier III N+1 standard, and will be powered by four diverse 20 MVA supplies fed by two independent sub stations.
CB Richard Ellis is the agent on the Data Center Campus, which has been designed by award winning architects Woods Bagot. The contractor is Bowmer & Kirkland, Cundall providing M&E and structural services, and EC Harris the employers agent.