The project to create ‘The Dock’ is the most challenging new build construction project Structure Tone UK has ever undertaken.
This highly complex critical engineering project comprised the construction of a new five storey 62,000 sqft External Utilities Building, known colloquially as ‘The Dock’ to expand and enhance the engineering resilience to the client’s existing data centre.
The new building is located over a former graving dry dock adjacent to the Thames, supported on over 150 piles, with each pile location within the dock footprint requiring coring through the granite dock base – which was up to 3 metres thick. We poured almost 3,500 cubic metres of reinforced concrete and the floor slabs were cast at 650mm thick to support the new critical engineering services.
Twin high level link bridges connect The Dock to the Docklands Technical Centre and provide both services routes and personnel access.
The new engineering services included; twin 132kV UKPN transformers, radiators and MV switch gear, client switchgear, BMS and ComAp controls, new generator switchboards and control panels and four new HV generator sets weighing 90 tonnes each.
We undertook extensive critical engineering works within the live data centre, including HV cabling, new generator control panels, conversion of a fireman’s lift into a 10 storey services riser and the removal of three redundant generators, switchgear and radiators through the façade at 9th floor level.
This was an extremely challenging project that stands as a testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved.
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East India Dock, London
Richard Brandon's group very successfully completed one of the largest and one of the highest risk construction and critical engineering projects which we have undertaken. The physical construction of our new five storey Energy Centre and External Utilities Building to support our data centre was both complex and challenging. Furthermore, the extensive critical engineering installation works within our live data centre, including four separate ISTs, were delivered without issue and with no impact to our business. At tender stage Structure Tone Mission Critical convinced us they had the diverse skill sets and the right culture and approach to deliver this project. Having worked with them for almost two years on this development, I'm delighted to confirm they did exactly what they promised. I would certainly recommend them to other clients for complex construction and critical engineering projects". Jay Ahmed, Director – Critical Services Engineering