The project was built on an unoccupied base adjacent to an Airport, utilising the existing buildings on site. Pre-planning of all aspects of the project was key, with regular site visits leading up to the project start date.
All manufactured in the UK, a ship was chartered to deliver the whole package from the North of England to a small port near to Keflavik in Iceland. This proved to be a logistical challenge with import and export information having to be prepared and issued in advance. Marine surveyors were employed to supervise the loading of the ship prior to it departing, with UK Customs in attendance. After a four day voyage, the cargo arrived on time and in good order. Once the ship was off loaded the cargo was then transported by road direct to site ready for installation.
The on site installation period, which included all testing, commissioning and client training, was six weeks. The project was a huge success from start to finish and was handed over on time, within budget and snag free. Upon completion all return goods were loaded into standard containers and shipped back to the UK.
The project, in the early procurement stage had its risks, design compliancy and potential logistical issues, importing/exporting being the biggest. However, the project was a huge success due to close co-ordination and having the benefit of the knowledge and experience of the whole team.
It was important to everyone to ensure the project was a success. The site which is owned by Verne Global had a future capacity for several more data halls and 18 months later we were back on site for Phase 2.