Data Centre, Tarmac

  • Client
    Tarmac Ltd
  • Project cost
  • Location
    Buxton, Derbyshire

Design and delivery of new data centre

We were appointed as architects to design a secure and robust new data centre for Tarmac in Buxton. We successfully bid in an open design competition and designed a building which would accommodate the high level of digital traffic required by Tarmac.

Key features

  • Establishing a clear client brief; this was particularly important as this development incorporated specific requirements.
  • Designing a very secure building and resilient to adverse weather conditions.
  • Identifying risks to the project, then innovating and mitigating risks. For example installing a unique second internal roof to provide an additional barrier to moisture penetration.
  • Low maintenance and low life cycle costs.


The centre provides a safe, secure environment for the computers.

We delivered the service within a tight time frame and limited budget. We successfully value engineered all aspects of the design to ensure it was always solutions focused. A smarter procurement delivered significant savings. We saved approximately £1,270 through alternative specification for the security doors and shutters.

We exceeded the key project principals and objectives set out at the beginning and added value by:

  • Successfully managing risk of the moisture ingress into the building.
  • Low maintenance bungalows with long life cycles for the components.

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