Highbridge Properties selects Bowmer & Kirkland to build final phase of Cobalt Data Centre Campus (UK)

Construction group Bowmer & Kirkland has been appointed by Highbridge Business Park Ltd as contractor on the final two speculative data centers at Cobalt Data Centre Campus, near Newcastle.

Cobalt Data Centre Campus aerial

The campus is expected to be completed by January 2013.

The two facilities, alongside DC1 which reached practical completion last year will form the greenest campus in the UK. Bowmer & Kirkland was responsible for construction of the earlier DC1 development.

The additional state-of-the-art facilities will comprise two data center buildings providing a combined 6,000 m² of net technical space, designed to achieve BREEAM Outstanding 2010 accreditation – the highest green specification available.

DC1 data center achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' status upon practical completion last year, and the entire scheme will provide 110,460 ft² (approx. 10,260 m²) of net technical space across 12 separate halls – each of which will be independently serviced with its own plant.

The campus will sit within its own fenced perimeter and each phase of the development will have a second fenced compound with anti-tail gating gates and CCTV.

The site is currently being cleared for the construction of DC2 and DC3, which will be located in the south of the Cobalt Business Park campus, the UK's largest office park.

Designed by architects Woods Bagot, the new buildings will be single story and able to accommodate either air optimization or traditional water cooling plant. The design of the building systems will allow a PUE of 1.15 to be achieved.

Andy Kinnear of Bowmer & Kirkland comments, "We are looking forward to the start of construction of the final phase of Cobalt Data Centre Campus. The campus' green credentials make it a particularly significant instruction for Bowmer & Kirkland as the new BREEAM accreditation will make it the greenest data center facility in the UK."

Guy Marsden, Highbridge Business Park Ltd., said: "As we embark on the final phase of Cobalt Data Centre Campus, we're pleased to continue our relationship with Bowmer & Kirkland. Working alongside the rest of our professional team, we're confident that the development's green credentials will make it a blueprint development for the IT industry."

Construction commenced in February, with the campus expected to be completed by January 2013.

The professional team comprises Contractor Bowmer & Kirkland, Architects Woods Bagot, Cundall providing critical M&E and Structural Services, and EC Harris the employer's agent. CBRE is the letting agent on the scheme.

Source: FTI Consulting

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