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HP Computer Test Laboratory & Energy Centre

HP Computer Test Laboratory and Energy Centre

AWW was appointed for the design and delivery of a new Computer Test Laboratory for HP. The very heavily serviced building contains a range of functions including a large computer data centre, specialist laboratories (such as acoustics, EMC, dynamics and dust laboratories), workshops and assembly areas together with offices and training rooms.

A new 50m span Skybridge connects the laboratory to HP’s existing buildings. A new Energy Centre was also provided to serve all of HP’s campus in Bristol as part of the project. Targeting internal gains from the large computer suites was a primary focus of the overall building performance strategy. Innovative energy-efficient free air cooling units were used to substantially reduce energy demand and building CO2 emissions.

Test Laboratory provides a bold contemporary look which was designed so that the building would hold its own against much larger surrounding buildings. The abstract design allows windows and large quantities of louvres to be positioned wherever required for functional reasons. AWW has worked with HP for over 18 years, this partnership is a true demonstration of our successful collaborative design approach.

Professionalism, thinking outside of the box about design, good engineering design and trustworthy. AWW has always been highly dependable and shown real integrity. Dave Staddon - Client

Project Specification

£7.5 million
Mark Alker Stone