To mark completion of the next stage of Cobalt Park's Data Centre Campus, this week developer Highbridge Properties, together with Intellect UK, the voice of the UK's technology industry, attended a special ceremony at the UK's largest business park near Newcastle.
The three data center buildings at the Cobalt Data Centre campus can provide a total of 12 separate halls.
Antony Walker, Deputy Director General of Intellect UK joined Piet Pulford of Highbridge and representatives from M&E Consultant Cundalls Critical Systems came together to celebrate the delivery of the next phase of Highbridge's purpose built data centre campus in North East England.
Completion of DC2 and DC3 make the data center offering at Cobalt a combined 110,450 ft² (approx. 10,260 m²) of white space with an IT capacity of between 15 and 20MW.
The three state-of-the-art buildings will form the greenest campus in the UK; DC1 achieved BREEAM "Excellent" when completed last year, and the remaining DC2 and DC3 buildings have been designed to achieve BREEAM "Outstanding" accreditation - the highest green specification available.
A little over three years on from the original ground breaking of the first building, DC1, the visit marked the return of Intellect UK to the Newcastle business park.
Antony Walker, Deputy Director General at Intellect, the UK's trade association for the technology sector comments:
"Today's knowledge economy is underpinned by data centers. If you think about any technology that is labeled 'smart' it relies on data centers for it to become a reality. The UK is currently one of the world's most connected, most secure destinations to do business online this is in no small part to the development and continued investment in critical infrastructure such as the Cobalt Park Data Centre Campus."
Piet Pulford, Highbridge Properties, comments:
"Intellect UK has kindly been with us both at the very beginning and at the conclusion of this mission to build the highest specification data center facility in the North East. We believe that the Campus represents much needed investment in the region's infrastructure, and is the very latest example of our commitment to the North East. We're confident that Cobalt will be a blueprint development for the IT sector, not just for the North East but for the whole of the UK".
The three data center buildings at the Cobalt Data Centre campus can provide between them a total of 12 separate halls - each of which will be independently serviced with its own plant on an N+1 basis.
The campus sits within its own fenced perimeter, and each building will have a second fenced compound with anti-tailgating gates and CCTV. The facility benefits from dedicated 2 x 40MVA power delivered through diversified cable routes from the adjoining National Grid supply point to the Campus.
Designed by architects Woods Bagot, the DC2 and DC3 buildings are single storey and able to accommodate either air optimisation or traditional water cooling plant. The design of the building systems allows a P