New Super Computing Centre at Daresbury

A 6.2 acre site at Daresbury, situated between Warrington and Runcorn, Cheshire is to have a new £30m Supercomputing centre.

Trafford based Russell WBHO have been named as the main contractor and work is scheduled to begin before the end of the year and will take approximately 21 months to complete. Russell WBHO were awarded the contract by the STFC via a competitive tender process through the Crown Commercial Services framework.

Daresbury Laboratory consists of the Accelerator Science & Technology Centre and the Cockcroft Institute with teams of scientists from the Science & Technology Facilities Council and several universities who carry out research into accelerator science. It is also home to the Hartree Centre which focuses on supercomputing, data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies.

The new centre will support the Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI) programme, an association between STFC Hartree Centre and IBM that provides industry access to digital technologies and expertise.

Russell WBHO will work with data centre specialist M & E consultant Sudlows and project management consultant Arcadis, architect AEW, structural engineer Healy Consulting and environmental consultant E3P.

The new construction will consist of a 33,000 sq ft building to house two data halls which require an atmosphere maintained at 21-24 degrees celsius and also an office suite. The building will be a steel frame construction with composite cladding forming the external envelope.