Russell WBHO Lands £30m Supercomputer Centre


Russell WBHO has been selected to deliver a new £30 million supercomputing centre in the Liverpool city region. 

computer storage centre
by Rory ButlerNovember 18, 2022

Inside the deal: The new facility will be built at Daresbury Laboratory, in Warrington. 

The UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) chose the Manchester contractor following a competitive tender process under the Crown Commercial Services Framework. 

  • 6.2-acre site 
  • 33,000 sq ft building 
  • two data halls (maintained at 21-24 degrees) 
  • office suite with ancillary facilities 

The building will be steel frame with composite cladding to form the external envelope. 

When built, the centre will support the £210 million Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI) programme, a collaboration between STFC Hartree Centre and IBM that provides industry access to state-of-the-art digital technologies and expertise, helping to accelerate productivity and reduce the time and cost of developing new products. 

On the job: 

  • Sudlows (data centre provider) 
  • Arcadis  
  • Aew Architects 
  • Healy Consulting 
  • e3p 

“Our involvement through the planning and pre-construction phase, coupled with our in-depth knowledge of highly-specialist industrial and temperature-controlled facilities such as this, has enabled us to bring forward a viable budgeted programme to deliver this scheme,” said Russell WBHO commercial director, Nick Sunderland. 

Works start before the end of the year and will take approximately 21 months to complete. 

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