Our Data Centres: Global Switch London 2

Our primary facility is based in Europe’s largest purpose-built data centre, Global Switch London 2.

London Data CentreThis enhanced tier III facility offers scalable, resilient space solutions and is situated within close proximity of the main fibre route. It is underpinned by a minimum N+1 standard for power and colling systems and delivers an optimal operating environment 24×7.

Technical Specifications

  • Gross area: 65,543m2 (705,498ft2)
  • Steel frame, concrete floors, metal cladding and glazing
  • Typical floor loading of 10kN/m2
  • 5m slab to slab height equations to 4.25m clear height to underside of deepest beam
  • Raised floors with anti-static tiles and a minimum height of 600mm installed in fully fitted areas, providing minumum clear height of 3.65m to underside of deepest beam
  • Column spacing primarily based on a 6m grid
  • Passenger lifts x 6 (8 people max per lift)
  • Goods lift (7.5 tonnes)

Power (Main and Emergency)

  • Minimum N+1 redundancy on power supply
  • Mains power supplied via 2 x 132kV ring main units
  • 3.1MW of power per floor plate
  • Power/cooling systems supported by up to 33 no-break Rotary Diesel UPS sets
  • On-site diesel tanks (4 x 119,000 litres) support 50 hours at full capacity with 8 hour, 24×7 fuel delivery callout contract in place

Controlled Environment

  • Minimum N+1 resilience on chilled water cooling system
  • Temperature in technical space maintained at 22°C (+/-2°C)
  • Humidity range of 50% (+/-10%) in technical areas
  • Up to 25 air cooled chillers installed, supplying 1.4MW of colling per chiller
  • Close control units (CCUs) provide conditioned air to technical space
  • Diverse chilled water distribution pipe work (ring main type) throughout facility

Fire Detection and Suppression

  • Analogue addressable fire detection system in all areas (smoke and heat) with manual break-glass units
  • Very early smoke detection and alarm system (VESDA) in the return air-flow of CCUs
  • Gas suppression system using centrally stored Inergen to technical and selected landlord
  • Sprinklers in corridors and selected plant rooms, with water ingress protection and monitoring provided where required
  • Dry risers to all floors
  • Smoke and gas extraction


  • Access to multiple telecommunications providers located in dedicated Meet Me Rooms (MMRs), via diverse dedicated connections
  • Diverse cable entry points (x4) with combination of 110mm ducts and 32mm sub ducts
  • Basket trays in three-sided format to all data risers – fully access controlled
  • Multiple connection points to each suite
  • Roof space availability for satellite & antennae equipment within Global Switch London campus

Building Management

  • Dedicated 24×7 facilities management team
  • BMS system monitors M&E operation within facility to:
    • ensure stability of the environment
    • monitor key electrical and mechanical systems
    • enable interface between key systems
    • provide data gathering
    • interlink life safety systems in the event of fire alarm activation


  • Premises Controllers manage facility security 24×7
  • Access control using proximity card readers
  • Intruder alarms to all areas with external infra-red barrier
  • Multiple CCTV cameras (interior and exterior)
  • Secure managed delivery and loading area
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