BlueSquare Datacentre

Express Hosting also has a POP at the BlueSquare 3 datacentre in Maidenhead. BlueSquare offer a resilient environment for our web hosting services, based in a secure facility the datacentre is built to an N+1 specification, so that if any particular service fails - e.g. electricity or air conditioning - another backup service automatically takes over the failed service's job.

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Building Specifications
  • 13,000 sq ft total size
  • 2 megawatt on-site substation
  • Diverse power feeds to substation
  • Dual AKSA 1.6 megawatt generator connected via C&N ATS systems
  • Two main fibre duct points into building and ducts to BlueSquare 1
  • N+1 PowerWave UPS system
  • N+1 Airedale Air Handling system
  • 22°C +/- 2°C data floor temperature
  • Dual 16 Amp feed per equipment rack available
  • 24x7 secure entry via swipe card system, with 6-layer entry
  • Datacentre located inside its own secure compound, with 3-metre fencing and electric entry, including anti-tailgate systems
  • NOC engineers available 24x7 for remote hands service
  • Engineer build rooms
  • 430mm raised heavy duty flooring
  • 20GBit resilient Ethernet ring available to all customers, linking BlueSquare 1, 2, 3 & MK to London Docklands facilities, with 50ms self-healing capacity.
  • Secure cages from 350 sq ft available with or without rack

Our datacentre features a 1.5 megawatt on-site substation to deal with the huge power consumption, as well as providing plenty of room for future expansion. Diverse power feeds enter the substation from multiple providers ensuing no single outage will bring down the datacentre.

As well as a very reliable primary system, BS operate an N+1 PowerWave UPS system which will take the load of the datacentre until the Broadcrown 2 megawatt generator can get up to speed and take over indefinitely.


Our data centre features totally comprehensive 24/7 security to keep your data 100% safe. This means our customers have the protection of security barriers, 24x7x365 monitoring by on-site personnel to include visual verification of all personnel entering the building, CCTV video camera surveillance and a security breach alarm provides the control room with information. The datacentre is located inside its own secure compound, with 3-metre fencing and electric entry, including anti-tailgate systems. Entry is via a swipe card system and 6 layer security model, ensuring nobody can access areas that are restricted.

Cooling and Climate Control

The temperature of the data centre is kept at a steady ~22°C (+/- 2°C) to allow optimum equipment performance by our Airedale Air Handling system (N+1 Redundancy of course).

Many people underestimate how important proper cooling is, without maximum airflow and the implementation of hot and cold isles equipment is being placed at risk from thermal shut down, and even fires.

Fire Detection & Suppression

BlueSquare use the FM200 dry fire-suppression system in all data centre areas. The system ensures that there is no preventative damage to your equipment should there be an unlikly fire on the datacentre floor.

The FM200 system also features VESDA (very early smoke detection appartus) which will let the NOC and local fire brigade know of any potentional problems on the data floor

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