Royal HaskoningDHV has partnered Equinix in its rapid expansion within the Netherlands. This is the seventh data centre we have designed for the organisation and follows earlier work on a new 6MW data centre connected to the original AM7 building. The latest extension is a mirror copy of the second data centre and connects to it through bridges on three floors. These also provide routes for utility connections.
Our multi-disciplinary data centres team managed the entire project and provided design across all disciplines – mechanical, electrical and architectural, excluding the façade. We organised phasing and coordinated with all stakeholders to ensure completion in a tight time frame. This was complicated by the project coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic but, through the commitment of the entire team, the project was successfully completed on schedule.
Having been involved in the original AM7 masterplan, we had ensured utility capacity was sufficient to meet future expansion plans. That enabled the new data centre to be linked up to the existing utilities, while avoiding any disruption to live operations.