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PROJECT: Fire Protection – London Data Centre

ACL Engineering provided design, supply, lift/shift, install and commission for Atlas Copco water cooled air compressors, for fire prevention in a new data centre in London, in partnership with Active Air.

The installation

The on-site basement location meant that the air compressors were supplied in water cooled option as opposed to air cooled.

A critical part of the project was the offloading and positioning of equipment. There was no on-site fork truck so with the assistance of JEP Industrial we arranged for them to bring a hi-ab and fork truck, along with their array of specialist equipment for moving heavy plant. Thus we succeeded in positioning the two compressors and an air receiver on the same day.

  • Mechanical install utilised the versatile Atlas Copco AIRnet aluminium pipe
  • Cooling was provided by on-site installed chilled water systems

Fire Prevention

Fire must have three elements; ignition, oxygen and fuel. Removing any one of these three will prevent fire. In most cases, fire obtains its oxygen from the air.  This means that fire can also be prevented by reducing the oxygen in the surrounding air.

Together with the Atlas Copco GA45+FF and the specified oxygen reducing system from Active Air, the oxygen percentages were set to 15% in order to provide a safety factor and create safe environment.

On site, BMS is linked to all equipment and each air compressor is covered under the 7 Year Guardian scheme complete with Smartlink monitoring.

To discuss water cooled air compressors, call 01923 910021 or email

Guardian is a 7 year service plan for the maintenance of your new compressed air installation from Atlas Copco UK, which validates your compressor's free 7 year warranty.

Speak to our team about Air Compressors for specialist applications