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Essex data centre project enters final phase

Construction of the KAO Data London One data centre in the Harlow Enterprise Zone, is entering its final phase. Switch rooms are virtually complete and powered up and UPS generators and battery racks are online. To minimise any risk of human error with the electrical systems, the three distributed redundant systems from 11kV to rack are colour coded – Feed A is Amber, Feed B is Blue and Feed C is Cyan. Data halls are nearing readiness for hardware and outside, the landscaping project is underway.

KAO Data London One is due to become operational by the end of 2017. It is the first of four planned data centres that will comprise the KAO Data Centre Campus, on the 36-acre KAO Park development.

Fittingly, the new campus in the Harlow Enterprise Zone is on the exact site synonymous with pioneering discoveries in telecommunications. In the 1940s it was the birthplace of the wartime navigation system OBOE, invented by Alec Reeves and in 1966, engineers Charles Kao and George Hockham made one of the most significant technological breakthroughs in the post war era. By discovering how to transmit light over long distances using optical glass fibres, their discovery changed global communications forever and paved the way for a host of modern innovations, including broadband internet.

Each building in the £250 million KAO Data Centre Campus will be split into four halls, totalling around 150,000 square feet of net technical space. Each technology suite will be capable of supporting a 2,175kW IT load, representing a total technical load of 8.7MW per data centre. JCA has worked closely with power utility contractor Matrix Networks, which has installed the UKPN adoptable 33kV/11kV 43.5MVA sub-station, that’s providing the capacity to support the whole campus.

Ian Jackson, Chairman of JCA, commented:

“Over the past 13 years, JCA has built a reputation for excellence in its core marketplace, which has enabled the business to win a range of new, large-scale engineering projects, involving design, planning, build, procurement, installation and maintenance of critical infrastructure. We were delighted to be appointed by KAO Data for the delivery of KAO Data London One which is on schedule for completion before the end of this year.”

Paul Finch, Chief Technical Officer, KAO Data, said:

“The discovery of fibre optic technology on this site fifty years ago, has been fundamental to the world’s economic development. The KAO Data Campus encapsulates this legacy and reaffirms the UK’s position as a global business hub. We are proud to be working with JCA Engineering on London One, which aims to deliver market leading efficiency. Our technical infrastructure will provide the highest standard of data resilience and operational sustainability, making it ideally placed to support local and international businesses.”

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JCA on show at DCD Zettastructure 2017

Europe’s most anticipated digital infrastructure transformation event

Continuous growth in cloud demand and IoT technologies, which are mission-critical for the digital business, is set to dramatically transform data centre architectures over the next few years. With acceleration of hybrid IT, ownership of IT infrastructure is radically shifting, disrupting business models and the ecosystems of digital infrastructure providers, moving business towards the server less data centre of the future.

For the first time, JCA is exhibiting at this ground-breaking event, being held over two days at Old Billingsgate in London. Organised by Data Center Dynamics (DCD), which delivers a world leading series of events across five continents, this year’s event brings together the full ecosystem of operators, technology specialists and end-users, helping them make informed technology decisions in a dynamic digital infrastructure landscape.

To find out more about upcoming conferences, please visit DCD

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Data centre project achieves ‘excellent’ BREEAM certification

We are delighted to announce that the first data centre being built by JCA at the Harlow Enterprise Zone in Essex on behalf of KAO Data has achieved a BREEAM Excellent Design Certification.

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings, measuring sustainable value in a series of categories. The certification is an impressive credential for the attention that’s been paid to keeping a low carbon footprint for KAO Data and its customers. We are immensely proud of all the hard-work that everyone has put into this landmark achievement for sustainability. The development of KAO London One at Harlow, as part of the KAO Data Campus continues according to schedule with client handover anticipated in December 2017.

JCA’s Managing Director, Tom Absalom, commented:

“Achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent Design Certification’ for the data centre construction project JCA is delivering on a design and build basis for KAO Data is testament to our collective focus on delivering the highest levels of sustainability. The team can be very proud of gaining this significant environmental recognition as part of its collaborative approach.”

To find out more about BREEAM’s classifications, please visit

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Complex works underway at major London hospital

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London provides care for nearly one million people.
A significant increase in patients has placed heightened demand on both adult and neonatal intensive care units (ICUs). As a result, both critical care facilities are being expanded and redeveloped through a £20 million investment, half of which has been funded by charitable donations.
JCA is undertaking a complex programme of works to facilitate the ICU expansion, whilst ensuring unhindered access to the hospital’s A&E department. The project involves construction of a new plant room directly above the existing rooftop facility, which provides services for all wards and 80 per cent of the hospital’s operating theatres. All essential services will be migrated to the new plant room, including medical gas extraction, air handling and electrical plant, with all legacy plant to be removed and disposed of. Once the new plant room is ready, all new equipment will be assembled on site, commissioned and tested through an intensive proving period prior to the new plant room coming on stream.

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JCA appointment strengthens managed services business

NEWS RELEASE – Date: 24 April 2017

Stevenage-based building engineering specialist, JCA, has made a major appointment to its senior management team, as the business develops its portfolio of large scale engineering projects, involving the installation and maintenance of critical infrastructure across the data centre, healthcare, commercial office and science and technology sectors.

Former National Director of Specialist Services for Mitie, Ian Coleman, has joined JCA as Managed Services Division Operations Director. Reporting to JCA’s Chairman, Ian Jackson, Coleman has responsibility for the company’s expanding programme of resident maintenance contracts.

Commenting on the appointment and the company’s outlook for 2017 and beyond, JCA’s Chairman, Ian Jackson, said:

“Ian Coleman’s welcome appointment to JCA’s senior management team coincides with our intention to grow our portfolio of design and build, engineering and fit-out projects, many of which will require ongoing operational support. Over the past 13 years, JCA has built a reputation for design, engineering and service excellence, which is opening up new opportunities for the business across the UK.”

Speaking about his new role with JCA, Ian Coleman commented:

“JCA has proven pedigree in delivering major design and build projects for clients and I’m delighted to be joining the business at a time when it’s poised for significant growth. I look forward to bringing my experience to bear in further developing JCA’s expanding service and maintenance portfolio, including the complex maintenance support of critical infrastructure.”

Within the past month, JCA has begun the above-ground construction of the first phase of a £250-million data centre campus in Harlow, Essex, as principal contractor to Kao Data. Designated Kao Data London One, which is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2017, the primary site forms part of the Kao Data Campus* that will provide 215,000 square feet of office space within the Harlow Enterprise Zone.

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