Behind the designs… data centers and development

We’re amid our ‘summer season’ here at Reid Brewin Architects, as our London and Paris studios make the most of their relative freedom and the summer weather with some well-deserved time off.

And, although we’re running at somewhat partial capacity while the school holidays remain in full-swing, we have been no-less-busy. From informative CPD sessions to planning our next team day by the sea, there’s been plenty going on at HQ – and here is a handful of our highlights.

Back out on site

Earlier this month, a few members of the team packed up their high-visibility vest and hard hat and headed out to check on progress at one of our newest developments, to the east of Paris.

This exciting – but confidential – project is soon to finish its first phase, and it was brilliant to be back out on the road as a collective once again, and see our hard work being brought to life. Watch this space for more updates.


Continuing professional development

As in most professions, undertaking continuing professional development (CPD) is obligatory for all RIBA Chartered Members – wherever you are and whatever you do. Our team is no different, and we aim to attend two sessions every month.

Kicking off August’s learnings, Westgate took us through some data center projects in the UK and Europe, exploring how screens can enable rapid construction, reduce delays from weather and prevent dust – a session which was crucial for our teams working on these mission critical projects.


Below ground waterproofing

Our second CPD seminar was delivered by Mapei and looked at some of the common terminology in industry – which proved useful to our multi-lingual team – alongside a detailed explanation of how waterproofing systems work and how to select an appropriate solution.

The webinar also explored the most common problems when it comes to below ground waterproofing, why they typically occur, and what we can do to try and negate some of the costly effects – as they say, ‘ prevention is better than cure’.


And finally…. Alex Reid on the radio


We also delivered some insight of our own, as Reid Brewin Architects co-founder, Alex Reid, was invited to take part in a live radio discussion on France Inter – debating all-things-data centers as part of a weekly segment, titled ‘Things in the City’.

With more than 4,800 of these mission critical sites around the world – almost 160 of which are in France – it made for an interesting listen. In case you missed it, you can catch up, here.

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