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Bryden Wood began designing data centres in 1999, originally working for Global Switch and through them for their tenants, Cable and Wireless, Ebone, Cap Gemini and Global Crossing. Later on they worked for laxix and LPN.
Bryden Wood has a history of designing specialist prefabricated building elements particularly where there is a cross over between mechanical and electrical services, structure and high quality architectural finishes.
This unique combination of abilities: designers experienced in the rigour of prefabricated concepts and knowledgeable in Data Centre design was seized upon by Andy Ruhan, CEO of Global Switch. Bryden Wood were commissioned to review the way Data Centres were designed, procured and built.
The resulting solution utilised a number of prefabricated products and methods of working which create a kit of parts. This methodology allows Bryden Wood to produce a scheme for either an existing building or a green field site. The scheme uses production items where the cost and programme for each element are certain and all elements have enhanced resilience due to prefabrication.
This approach is also extremely flexible as all the elements have the ability to be installed in phases. Extensions to the system are built and then connected up with no down time. This allows expansion needs to be protected without large capital expenditure.
Prefabrication has the added benefit of miniaturising the installation required to service the technical space. This is because you can build in a smaller space on a bench in a factory than in traditional site conditions. This with a patented pressurised plenum floor system allows this system allows this system to increase the net area by over 10%.