Russell WBHO has been appointed to deliver a new £30m supercomputing centre at Daresbury Laboratory in the Liverpool city region.

It was appointed by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The company is preparing to commence work at the 6.2-acre site before the end of 2022.

The project is expected to take around 21 months to complete.

It was secured by Russell WBHO following a competitive tender process under the Crown Commercial Services Framework.

The company will manage construction of the 33,000 ft2 building to house two data halls, which will need an atmosphere at 21-24 degrees, and an office suite with ancillary facilities.

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

Russell WBHO will work with data centre specialist M&E consultants Sudlows to deliver the project.

It will also work with the professional team including project management consultant Arcadis, architect AEW, structural engineers Healy Consulting, and environmental consultancy E3P.

Russell WBHO commercial director Nick Sunderland said: “We are extremely pleased to secure this contract with STFC for the new supercomputing centre at Daresbury Laboratory following a multi-way tender process via the Crown Commercial Services Framework.

“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.”

The new supercomputing centre will support the £210m Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI) programme, which is a collaboration between STFC Hartree Centre and IBM.

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Image: The project is expected to take around 21 months to complete. Credit: Russell WBHO.