Newbury Data Centre
Proud winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015

Newbury Data Centre

  • Client / Nationwide Building Society
  • Sector / Commercial
  • Architect / Cartwright Pickard
  • Main Contractor / Mace Technology
  • Location / Newbury
  • Products / Building Envelope, Cladding, Roofing
  • Value / £2m
  • Completed / -

Lakesmere was appointed to complete the challenging installation of a natural cedar cladding scheme at a new data centre in Newbury. Located on the now rural ex-military airfield at Greenham Common, the inconspicuous timber facility has been created to provide secure housing for a leading UK building society’s digital backups.

Lakesmere painstakingly installed a staggering 18,000 individual Western Red Cedar boards for main contractor Mace Technology. A combination of sizes and grains, each provided to Lakesmere’s exacting requirements by Vincent Timber, ensured that architect Cartwright Pickard’s vision grew to life. Eventually the untreated cedar will purposely weather to blend seamlessly into the woodland surroundings.

So intricate was the design of the exterior cladding that Lakesmere erected mock-up panels, matching each board to Cartwright Pickard’s features. It then called in TRADA – the internationally recognised Timber Research and Development Association to fine-tune the approach. Each panel was then individually drilled and screwed into position over 150mm thick Eurobond Rainspan composite cladding.

The nine acre data centre site comprises a single storey data hall, plant room and administration block. Lakesmere’s five-month total envelope installation included 6200m2 of Kalzip standing seam roof, raised air handling extracts for the plant room, internal parapet cladding, curtain walling for the administration block, and all external doors and louvres. Given the secure aspect of the facility, detailed coordination was required with the site’s security and access system providers.

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