Powershield Steel Doors Protect and Secure Flagship Telehouse West Data Centre

Leading steel door manufacturer Powershield has supplied and installed 300 high performance fire doors to protect and secure the new £80million Telehouse West data centre in London’s Docklands.

The flagship nine-storey colocation facility will provide 19,000 sq m of secure off-site storage for IT systems and electronic data for financial institutions, online and media enterprises, and the nearby Olympics development. Telehouse is at the heart of the internet and telecommunications infrastructure, and the new state-of-the-art facility also forms part of an innovative district heat network, which will see excess heat from servers used in local homes and businesses.

300 fire doors including single, double and leaf and half were fitted throughout the building, complete with co-ordinated hardware and electronic locking for integration with the facility’s access control system. A number of large 2.75m H doors and doors fitted with overhead panels were also installed.

Brian Sofley, Sales Director of Powershield, commented: “Selecting the correct door design and material was high on the client’s agenda, as the right specification would help to ensure that the stored data is safe, secure and protected from fire.

“Having originally considered timber doors, practical experience of using them within data centres led the client towards steel doors instead. Fire doors manufactured from steel offer exceptional performance and fire integrity, as there is no need for the intumescent seals required with timber doors, which can be vulnerable to damage.

Powershield steel doors offered the best combination of fire performance, durability and security, plus we were able to meet all the specification requirements of the project in terms of fire door size and configuration. All doorsets were manufactured and installed on time to meet the demanding requirements of the build programme.”

Powershield fire doors have been tested in accordance with BS 476: Part 22: 1987 and BS EN 1634-1:2000, and compliance to these standards is assured through Certifire accreditation.

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