Arup completes concept design of landmark hyperscale data centre expansion in Nigeria

Brad Ryan, Senior PR Coordinator Brad Ryan UKIMEA Press Office,London
2 October 2020

Arup has completed work on the conceptual design for the Phase Two expansion of a new facility for Rack Centre, one of Nigeria’s leading carrier neutral data centre operators.

The project follows Rack Centre’s expansion of its Phase One build, which, once completed, will increase its IT power capacity to 1.5 megawatts (MW). The Phase Two expansion at the current campus will add an additional IT capacity of 13MW and 6000m2 of lettable space, making it one of the largest data centres of its kind in West Africa.

Supporting this ambitious development, Arup delivered concept architectural and engineering design for the data centre including building services, cost surveying and civil and structural engineering.

The new centre will bring unprecedented carrier neutral scale to Nigeria, targeted at serving three distinct market categories; hyperscale, cloud / large footprint and traditional retail demands, all within the same building footprint and across dedicated data halls.

Data centres are energy intensive. With data demands ever increasing, the design of Rack Centre’s Phase Two facility will target regional industry leading Power Utilisation Efficiency (PUE) benchmarks.

Resilient and secure IT systems are integral for data centre operators and customers expecting secure and reliable data services. In order to guarantee continuous system operation and reliable data access, the facility has been designed with concurrently maintainable redundant components. This system will support planned site infrastructure, including preventive maintenance, without disruption to the IT system.

It was exciting collaborating with Rack Centre on this project and building on the long-term relationship that exists between our two organisations. Our multi-disciplinary data centre design team drew on its experience and industry knowledge to deliver an effective energy-saving, resilient and secure facility. ” Felix Bianeyin Arup Project Manager