Imperial College London

Data Centre, City & Guilds Building

Imperial College London’s (ICL) world-class reputation in science, engineering, business and medicine has cemented its status as a global top 10 university. As well as its distinguished teaching credentials, the university also provides world-leading facilities.

Having already delivered a range of exceptional projects for the university, we were welcomed back to deliver the refurbishment of a live data centre, office space and laboratory within a fast-challenging programme.


Project: Fit Out

Sector: Data Centre, Education

Size: 9,300 sq ft

Programme: 37 weeks

Contract: NEC Option A

Procurement: Single Stage


Architect: Sheppard Robson

PM: Henry Riley


Services: TB&A

A corridor of servers behind mesh walls

The Project

Our project was located within the City & Guilds building on Level 4. The project was delivered seamlessly in just two phases of 36 weeks, despite the challenges of maintaining the existing data with electrical power and cooling whilst the mechanical and electrical (M&E) works were carried out.

Works included the strip out of the existing data centre, installation of new M&E, building management system (BMS), and replacement of an existing air handling unit (AHU). The existing CO2 chillers were removed from the plant deck using a mobile crane lift. We successfully installed an external riser, new doors, curtain walling, lab furniture, joinery, glass partitions, and decorations.


Constrained Site

Our handpicked project team understands the requirements of logistical management for a constrained site. We used a live corridor for all access and egress of materials and waste, this meant thorough protection to the existing corridor needed to be to the highest standard. To provide a reliable service, we also coordinated with the client so that convenient deliveries could be carried out during early mornings.


Key Collaboration

With stakeholders and user groups at the heart of the campus, the project was completed following extensive input from the client, students and academic staff. Using this invaluable information, we provided a clear, deliverable design.


Understanding Needs

Through micro-management of the M&E works and intensive planning, communication and coordination with the data centre staff throughout the project we were able to turn ICL’s vision into a reality. The result is a space that not only meets current needs but has the flexibility to adapt to future uses and trends.

Laboratory-grade taps

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