New supercomputing centre powers up with complex installation

Daresbury Supercomputer

A new £30m supercomputing centre at Daresbury has moved a step closer with the specialist installation of mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems now underway.

Located at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, the 33,000 sq ft facility is being built by Russell WBHO and on track to complete by early 2025. The building has been designed to host the latest in new supercomputing artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum technologies.

With all major elements of the building’s structure now complete, Russell WBHO is working with partner Sudlows to install critical M&E infrastructure.

Jonathan Rhodes, Project Director at Russell WBHO commented: “This complex M&E installation marks the final stages of this exciting project and is the culmination of extensive design work with our partner Sudlows and other specialists.

“The team is making great progress with the commissioning period due to start within the next few months. This process will take us through to the end of this year ready for our client to install their high-performance computing technology in early 2025.”

Russell WBHO is one of the North West’s leading main contractors delivering projects across the industrial, logistics, manufacturing, office, hotel, retail, leisure, and residential sectors. The Manchester-based firm was established in 1997 by Andrew and Gareth Russell as Russells Construction and in 2018 joined forces with global construction giant WBHO Construction.

Clients include the world’s leading cold storage operator Lineage Logistics, Manchester’s Smithfields Markets, hotel brands Motel One, Staycity Aparthotel, Clayton and Premier Inn, developer Federated Hermes, Bruntwood, Peel Holdings, Royal London Asset Management, Property Alliance Group, and Boultbee Brooks Real Estate.

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