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Solid solutions: Concrete installation optimises data centre’s electrical network

31 January 2024

Developing a high-tech data centre to house blue-chip companies demands a quality finish. Setting the electrics within the structure’s concrete walls achieves a premium design, but with businesses waiting to relocate, the project has to be completed on schedule. CMB Electrical is completing a £2.5m electrical installation in partnership with Spelsberg UK, which is providing its IBT enclosures for use within the in-situ concrete cast.

Swansea’s Kingsway project is a flagship data hub intended to advance the city’s commercial and technical evolution. Bringing high-speed fibre connections to optimise data transfer and storage, the nine-story building will also feature offices, conference facilities and a restaurant. The Kingsway project is using a modular building approach, saving time and money on site. 

Setting enclosures in concrete
Kingsway is CMB Electrical’s largest ongoing project. The Cardiff-based electrical services company works across South Wales and the West Country with up to 80 employees at any one time, depending on the scale of current projects. At the Kingsway site, CMB Electrical is responsible for the electrical installation, which is headed by Managing Director Keith Martin and Mike Prole, the company’s Contracts Manager at site level.

“The architect planned for clean wall surfaces, with all electrical cables set within the concrete,” says Prole. “Spelsberg enclosures were specified by the architect to house various electrical devices and junctions, but up to that point, we’d never used in-situ conduit – at least not on a project of this scale.”

Read the full article in DPA's February issue

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