Consolidation & renewal underpin strong infrastructure sector

Following hard on the heels of Excel’s excellent 2015 performance, activity across all aspects of the IT infrastructure sector has remained strong into the first quarter of 2016.

Office and data centre consolidation are among the trends currently driving strong demand, alongside continued investment in new data centre and intelligent building technologies.

In the City of London, Excel is currently working on a full building refurbishment for a global financial group. The £3m+ project includes everything from the data centre to the office spaces, and is due for completion in October 2016.

Also in the heart of London is a 12-floor fit-out of a new building for a leading legal practice.

Elsewhere in the UK, current projects include the design and implementation of a major data centre upgrade for another leading banking group. Located in the South East of England, the data centre is being upgraded to support next generation technology platforms.

Also in the south-east, we are supporting the relocation of a major US manufacturer with a data centre migration, and the build of new data centre and office infrastructure.

Flexibility and response times were the order of the day following the recent floods across NE England. One client had one of its key buildings badly damaged; we quickly had 28 engineers on site to relocate 1,000 staff to a second building, ensuring they were fully operational again within three days. We are now back at the first building, working a complete infrastructure refit.

The wider EMEA picture is similarly robust. Among our projects at the moment are data centre fit-outs for a global technology firm in Frankfurt, Vienna and Amsterdam.