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University of Glasgow, Kelvin Data Centre

We have completed the installation of a standby power system at the newly constructed resilient data centre for the University of Glasgow.

The two-storey Kelvin Data Centre was required to upgrade the IT infrastructure as part of the University of Glasgow’s £1bn campus masterplan redevelopment.

Located adjacent to University Gardens, the new facility features dark rainscreen cladding above a brick plinth. The ‘black box’ which is accessed by a single storey entrance annex, has a separate generator room screened by timber batons.

The centralised, fit for purpose, data centre will accommodate the ScotGrid servers, School Physics and Astronomy, and IT; with the potential to accommodate further corporate IT systems in the future.

DTGen supplied and installed a P1700P1 containerised generator with loadbank connection, free-standing bulk fuel tank, and ComAP based mains and generator controls system.

Joe Skillin, DTGen Project Manager, said: “This project really demonstrated our team’s technical and operational abilities. It was an extremely tight offload and install that meant we had to disassemble the containerised generator to be delivered in component form to site to ensure we could overcome the challenge of tight access at the back of University Avenue. The container had to be stripped down and empty, sitting off centre of the transport to then be reversed down the lane, and reassembled using a site crane.”

The University has recognised a unique opportunity to create a sense of place through the development of new civic spaces. The nature of this work is to create new building plots and deliver the services and infrastructure necessary to serve the new buildings, including drainage, utilities and IT – all of which are essential for the operation of any new building. It will also create high-quality landscaping and spaces between the buildings to ensure the new campus is a pleasant and enjoyable place to be.

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