The Equinix UK flagship centre in Slough now has a new 8,000sqm LD6 data warehousing facility. This connects the two sister data centres via hundreds of dark fibre links and has become the fastest-growing data centre campus, including one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges.
Designed by Arup Group and built by Laing O’Rourke, building envelope specialist Lakesmere Ltd commissioned Structura UK Ltd to install Kalwall translucent cladding to form the link between two buildings. The Kalwall not only diffuses attractive natural daylight into the interior but its 0.56 W/m2K U-value optimises thermal performance and prevents solar heat gain. It also helps to obscure vision and retain privacy in some parts of the facility. This use of Kalwall is part of Equinix's commitment to reduce energy consumption and enjoy a smaller carbon footprint than other data facilities of its kind.
Unlike conventional glazing, Kalwall eliminates shadows and glare and the stark contrasts of light and shade. The system also enhances simplicity by eliminating the need for blinds, curtains or solar control. Even on cloudy days, the interior is bathed with natural daylight, which means less artificial lighting and, because Kalwall is highly insulating, energy costs are reduced.
Apart from being specified for all types of new build project, Kalwall is increasingly used for the refurbishment of cladding or rooflights on aged buildings.
Kalwall is distributed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by Structura UK, a leading supplier, fabricator and installer of glass curtain walling, rainscreens, glass atria, windows and other architectural glass building products.
The company has had all three of its ISO certifications successfully renewed for three years: OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification and ISO 9001 Quality Management certification.