Case Study - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK

Project data

  • Customer
  • Wellcome
  • Value
  • Circa £8m
  • Procurement route
  • Two stage
  • Form of contract
  • JCT 2011 Design and build
  • Programme duration
  • 48 weeks
  • Completion date
  • February 2018
  • Project Manager
  • 3PM
  • Architect
  • Fairhurst Design Group
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Press and Starkey
  • Structural Engineer
  • Evolve
  • M&E Engineer
  • Arup (client) and Scotch & Partners (ISG)


Our Datacentre and Special Projects Division has delivered a £7.6m datacentre project for global charitable foundation, Wellcome, at its renowned Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire.

Wellcome carries out cutting-edge research into human and animal health, and this scheme provides additional computing power and enhanced network resilience for Wellcome’s international scientific community working at the forefront of life science research.

Our appointment followed works previously carried out by ISG at the Campus in July 2013 to deliver extensions to the nursery and dining rooms located.

ISG Wellcome Genome 2
ISG - Wellcome Genome 2

The project

We have delivered the final quadrant of the existing on-site datacentre, constructing a new 1.2 MW mixing high density and low-density rack facility, with associated mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Hybrid air coolers were also installed on the roof to enhance the sustainable footprint of the datacentre.

As the Wellcome Genome Campus’s demand for increasing computing power rises, this additional capacity is vital to assist research and development (R&D) operations.

The second element of the project provides greater power supply resilience to the Campus’s core infrastructure.

ISG installed a series of diesel rotary uninterruptible power supply units (DRUPS) to provide secure and stable power to the datacentre, as well as new high voltage (HV) infrastructure across the campus.

“This is a challenging and highly complex scheme in a busy, live environment, where maintaining continuity for critical infrastructure throughout the project duration is a pre-requisite. Our international datacentre delivery credentials proved key to our appointment and we’re looking forward to playing a small role in the ongoing success of the campus and its important global research projects.”

Danny Blakeston, Managing Director of ISG Engineering Services