Living in an ever increasing connected world, data centres connect people to services, customers and partners on a global network. Digital Realty is a data centre world leader.

In 2017, Digital Realty (DLR) saw the opening of its new €60M data centre in Amsterdam, AMS15. This data centre, together with its flagship office, seamlessly blends into its surroundings in the Hoofddorp region of Amsterdam. The new centre will add 6,600m2 of prime ‘white space’ to their portfolio, along with six new data halls.

We provided structural, civil and building services engineering designs for this project. From inception to completion, we were excited to contribute to the technological advances the data centre provides. Each data hall has been designed for a base IT load of 2MW, with the capacity to be upgraded to a possible 3MW based on the requirements of Digital Realty’s customers. This supports its business philosophy to ensure flexibility through bespoke solutions in order to accommodate varying customer demands.

Energy efficient

AMS15 incorporates highly energy efficient cooling systems. There is a supply of fresh air cooling to electrical rooms, along with indirect air cooling provided to the data halls. This innovative evaporative cooling, contributed to achieving its BREEAM target rating of “Very Good”.

AMS15 utilises a centralised high voltage backup generator system and a distributed uninterruptible power supply topology to the critical load. Designed by Arup, in close collaboration with Digital Realty, this scheme provides a highly resilient, cost effective electrical infrastructure. This approach is currently being deployed across Digital Realty’s expanding European portfolio.