Equinix, London Data Centre 6

  • A step-change in energy performance for the UK estate of the world’s largest retail, co-location data centre provider.
  • This energy-efficency building utilises innovative indirect evaporative coolers that reduces the annual mechanical energy consumption by over 50%.
  • A 15-year collaborative relationship delivering multiple projects for Equinix across the globe. 

LD6 will add 8,000m2 of prime, co-location data centre ‘white space’ and 12MW of UPS-backed IT power in Slough. New diverse fibre links will connect customers in LD6 to services in the existing neighbouring LD4 and LD5 facilities and the global Equinix ‘eco-system’ of networks, services and customers.

The campus currently houses over 170 financial services which collectively account for 25% of the total European equities trade count.

We provided full SMEP engineering services, project and cost management and architectural services, partnering with Arup Associates, for the design and site supervision of the Phase 1 $79 million investment. In a first for Equinix in the UK, we are providing LEED consultancy targeting Gold certification.

Improving the efficency

While the mechanical and electrical engineering solutions provide the exceptional levels of resilience and redundancy required by Equinix, the data centre also achieves a PUE (ratio of gross building electrical load to net IT load) of 1.2, which has less than a third of the losses of the average UK data centre. This will result in a £4.5M pound saving in utilities bills per year and the reduction of the CO2 output of the data centre by 23,000 tonnes of CO2 per year —the equivalent of taking 7,000 cars off the road per year.

The change from a large year-round, refrigerant based chilled water system to indirect evaporative cooling air handling units, eliminating the use of refrigeration for the vast majority of the year, is the biggest part in achieving the stunning energy performance.

Extensive CFD thermal modelling was undertaken by our specialist team to prove the higher operating temperatures would allow for continuous operation within Equinix’ service level agreement envelope.

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  • Render of the building. Credit: Arup.Open gallery

    LD6 will add 8,000m2 of prime, co-location data centre ‘white space’ and 12MW of UPS-backed IT power in Slough. ©Simon Kennedy

  • Interior view of the building. Credit: Arup.Open gallery

    This energy-efficency building utilises innovative indirect evaporative coolers that reduces the annual mechanical energy consumption by over 50%. ©Simon Kennedy