Lawray has handed over the first phase of a data facility that will contribute to being one of the largest campuses in Europe.

Located in South Wales, Lawray took the scheme forward from RIBA Stage 4, and was responsible for the technical delivery of the first three of ten data halls, which when complete will occupy an area of 25,000 sqm.

From ventilation and cooling to the provision of electrical power, Datacentres are driven by complex services and plant that all had to be coordinated within in the structural steel envelope. As such, the operational performance of the building informed the design. The team’s ambitions are to achieve a BREEAM rating achievable for a building of this typology.

In addition to the data halls, office accommodation has also been provided. To promote wellbeing, large picture windows have been introduced to provide welcoming views to the outside.

Acting as lead designer for Bouygues Energies and Services, and Bouygues Construction, Lawray was also responsible for the coordination and clash detection processes that identified issues ahead of construction. Complex services and structure were coordinated using a multitude of BIM tools and software which included Revit, Navisworks and Revizto. This enabled both the design, and site teams to track and coordinate all building information to resolve design issues and clashes in real time. This has resulted in the efficient delivery of the project through cross-team problem-solving and collaboration.

Lawray will continue their role through the next Phase of the project to deliver the next three data halls.

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