Secure I.T. Environments has completed a new 41sq m secondary data centre at the Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital, part of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board(BCUHB), the largest health organisation in Wales.
With an ever-increasing reliance on ICT underpinning the health board’s wide-ranging clinical and business activity, it is strategically essential that we maintain fit-for-purpose data centre facilities to host the many and varied systems that exist in a modern NHS ICT infrastructure
The hospital is currently undergoing a major redevelopment programme to generally modernise its existing buildings. This work included the need to establish a new energy efficient secondary data centre within the hospital building.
Working in close conjunction with the onsite redevelopment principal contractor, Laing O’Rourke; Secure I.T. Environments (SITE) designed, supplied and installed this new facility.
Sion Jones, head of information and communication technology for the health board said of the project: “With an ever-increasing reliance on ICT underpinning the health board’s wide-ranging clinical and business activity, it is strategically essential that we maintain fit-for-purpose data centre facilities to host the many and varied systems that exist in a modern NHS ICT infrastructure.”
The new data centre has been designed to meet the Class 2 requirements defined in BSEN 50600 parts one and two.
The room comprises 16x19-inch cabinets, raised access flooring, overhead busbar power supply system, a Novec fire suppression and VESDA detection system, DCiM environmental monitoring of the room and infrastructure, access control and CCTV.
Cooling and environmental controls are achieved through a chilled water system with a capacity of 160Kw.
Secondary piping supports additional chillers to achieve a Class 4 rated system. N+1 in-row air conditioning was installed in a hot aisle containment configuration.
UPS systems and batteries were installed in a separate nearby room, derived from separate A&B power supply streams, to ensure the resilience and redundancy necessary in hospital environments, where systems must be always available, to ensure patients are not put at risk.
Chris Wellfair, projects director at Secure I.T. Environments, said: “Hospital projects have become a speciality for Secure I.T. Environments over the years, yet each presents its own challenges.
“Our expert team was able to work closely with the hospital and primary contractor to ensure the data centre was delivered on time and in budget.”