The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB) is a world-class research laboratory located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Dedicated to understanding important biological processes at the molecular level – with the goal of using this knowledge to tackle major problems in human health and disease.
The works comprised the installation of new cooling and power services within a new first-floor server room (IS001) within the MRC LMB building.
2bm was challenged with the task of replacing the existing UPS system with a new 800A LV distribution panel and 400 kVA/kW UPS system within the MRC LMB building in Cambridge.
Cooling to the new server room required the creation of a secondary chilled water system with a new plate heat exchanger connected to a set of tap-offs from the existing building primary chilled water system.
The services infrastructure serving the room was upgraded to support the full comms provision of 12 racks, including UPS power modifications, switchgear alterations and cooling provision. The initial room fit-out incorporated 5 comms racks.
The biggest challenge was that the whole building needed to be shut down in order to perform the electrical upgrade to support the new data centre.
This involved the changing of an LV distribution board as well as multiple switches around the building. In order to minimise disruption, the work was carried out over a weekend. 2bm were required to coordinate engineers from a number of organisations to simultaneously work on the project through the night before staff returned to work.
Testing and commissioning of all systems including relevant certification, and operation and maintenance manuals and updating any existing building master schematic drawings:
The entire project was completed within the agreed time scale of 3 months
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Following a competitive procurement exercise, 2bm was awarded a contract for the M&E works associated with the delivery of a new scientific computing server room facility at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.
Working closely with our appointed designers and alongside end-users and client representatives, 2bm ensured that the deliverable was completed to specification on time and to budget. Most notably, the careful liaison with the Estates and Facilities team over some significant electrical shut-downs for planned infrastructure upgrades ensured that disruption to the scientific facility was minimised.Steve Holmes – Head of Capital Development Projects at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB)