Project Overview

project name: Communications & Technology Complex
quantity surveyor: Police Scotland
client: Confidential
services consultant: Wallace Whittle
value: £1.3m
structural engineer: URS
architect: Police Scotland
main contractor: Taylor and Fraser

The project consisted of the upgrade to the server farm and back-up/standby emergency power including the introduction of supply and cooling systems to the Communications and Technology Complex. The complex is directly involved in Government security issues such as terrorism, state visits, Olympics and Commonwealth Games which provided a substantial logistical and planning challenge.

Scope of Work

The Communications and Technology Complex is required to operate 24 hours a day without any downtime, the works consisted;

  • New extension to the existing facility, constructed whilst retaining the security integrity of the live building
  • Piled foundations adjacent to live building
  • Installation of new dual non-interruptible power supply to the complex and augmenting existing connections to a dedicated sub-station
  • Building and installing a new plant room with new generator to provide a primary standby and back-up power system
  • Converting existing standby generator to new secondary standby and back-up power system
  • Installing new air conditioning system and to ensure the server farm continued to operate in the optimum climatic environment
  • Installing new air handling units and chillers as primary back-up cooling systems
  • Integration of new electrical and mechanical systems into existing systems, with commissioning and resilience testing carried out in parallel.
  • New switchboard system for the new facility and existing complex
  • Re-configuration of existing sprinkler system
  • Anti-terror enhanced walls, bollards, fences, and security gates
  • Hard and soft landscaping