TKR AiMES Hi-Tech in Liverpool

The Client

The AIMES Centre (Advanced Internet Methods and Emergent Systems), part of the University of Liverpool, is a pioneer in the transfer of e-science to e-business.

AiMES works with businesses to create cutting-edge information and communications solutions which contribute to improved business competitiveness via 'grid technology'. To this effect, AiMES facilitates access to tremendous computing power harnessed from idling computers in the form of a grid, this enables different types of business problems to be resolved in real time.

The Challenge

Due to the success of the existing facilities in Liverpool and the demand for further expansion, AiMES required additional premises to accommodate a new data centre.

As the new premises were located on a second floor with all other areas in the close vicinity occupied, various logistical complications had to be overcome. Times in which noisy works could be undertaken, and restricted access to and from the site all had to be considered and managed effectively.

The project entailed the strip-out of redundant site services and construction of a new data centre and office facilities.

The Solution

The project commenced with TKR creating the space required in the existing building. This involved stripping out existing walls, floor coverings, ceilings, air conditioning systems, and existing power and lighting.

TKR started the project by creating the space required in the new building, stripping out existing walls, floor coverings, ceilings, air-conditioning systems, and existing power and lighting.

TKR then began the process of designing and installing new lighting and power to the office area and Grid Cluster Room. The installation of a CAT 6 data system, design and installation of a generator back-up system and security installations to site were completed.

New glass partitioned offices, meeting rooms and a kitchen were constructed and new floors and ceilings provided throughout. A new reception and an entrance with ramped access were created together with a floating ceiling with architectural type lighting.

The new Data Cube room is a dedicated room consisting of rows of server machines that required a specialised chilled water cooling system. The installation was complex and entailed connecting a chilled water circuit to each machine and insulating all new pipework through the use of foil sheets, phenolic foam sections and aluminium cladding. Finally, all external pipework had to be trace heated to prevent any risk of freezing in extreme conditions.

Working closely with the client's QS, before and during the construction period, the project was completed on time and within budget.

The team from TKR took a methodical approach to ensuring all the required services were available for the specialist equipment as part of the lab fit out design process. A strict deadline needed to be met to ensure the successful launch of this new and innovative technology, and we delivered the project on time and within budget.