Planning consent secured for second data centre at Cobalt

February 17, 2011

North Tyneside Council has approved planning consent for a second state of the art green facility at the Cobalt Data Centre Campus near Newcastle. Developed by Highbridge properties and designed by award winning architects Woods Bagot, the 3,360 sq m speculative DC2 building will include four autonomous modular data halls comprising two 960 sq m halls and two 720 sq m halls. The facility is designed to a Tier 3 (N+1) Uptime Institute Standard and to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

The data halls in the new facility are flexibly designed to accommodate either of two cooling systems dependent on customer requirement, including the energy saving Direct Air Optimisation Cooling which applies ambient air to directly cool the data hall through standard modular air handling units, or a conventional chilled water system using chillers and computer room air conditioning. The natural cooling system is supplemented by backup DX cooling in the event that ambient conditions exceed the required air temperatures.

Each of DC1 and DC2 autonomous data centres is also supported by two separate substations with direct links through 4 diverse cable links to 80MVA at the National Grid. Data connectivity to the scheme is also excellent courtesy of diverse route connections. The new facility will also include naturally ventilated office space on the 1st floor arranged around an open courtyard to facilitate direct natural ventilation. The speculative data centre will be completed to building shell and central core under the first stage of work; the technical fit out of the halls will follow in the second stage according to customer requirements.