Harbour Exchange Square (6-7 and 8-9)

Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 14.16.42This distinctive fully-glazed blue reflective building is another of Canary Wharf’s data centres. The building stands on the Millwall Dock, the third data centre campus that is situated on the dockside, along  with City Reach and the Bellerive/Bonnington/ Regent House grouping.

This data centre (actually two separate data centres) is operated by the TelecityGroup, which also owns the Bellerive/BonningtonRegent House grouping that stands almost opposite across the dock. (Both buildings can be seen in the photo of Millwall Dock below.)

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The office buildings at 6-7 and 8-9 Harbour Exchange Square (on the right below) were designed by Frederick Gibberd Coombes & Partners and built as part of a development masterplanned by Sheppard Robson and built between 1987 and 1990. All of the concrete framed buildings in the complex are clad in matching silver and blue reflective-glass curtain-walling.

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By being entirely call in completely reflective material the building has taken one of the key aesthetics of the data centre to the limit. Although the building is extremely distinctive it also hides as its facades show only what is around it.

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Although the building has an entirely different aesthetic to the red brick data centres on the other side of the dock, the two groups of buildings share a lot in common. They are both owned and operated by the same company – Telecity and are both converted offices of a similar age that were built in the Docklands enterprise zone.

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The data centres at 6-7 and 8-9 Harbour Exchange Square also share many of the distinctive data centre tells. Most obviously it utilises reflective glass, and this glass is relatively dirty – I assume as very few people are looking out of the building. The building also has a lot of visible vents and louvres (see below).

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The building also has a large number amount of visible plant, both on the roof and around the back of the building a large loading bay and high levels of security.

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