MediaHub Australia’s new data and program management centre is a new centralised facility for four television program carriers, reaching across Australasia and feeding over 300 stations.
The conceptual brief gave Woodhead the opportunity to make an otherwise pragmatic space into a high tech experience of interconnecting functions.
MediaHub Australia is a joint venture between ABC and Win Television, based in Ingleburn in the south west of greater Sydney.
Data centres have many common features such as is found in airport buildings, office facilities and industrial buildings. These are key competencies within our office. Woodhead has been able to bring this knowledge to bear on the MediaHub project; adding value and speeding up the design and delivery process
The construction industry has not completely understood the requirements of Section J of the BCA and our previous experience was essential in clarifying these requirements.
Data centres are a class of building which can have a number of different sub-classes; they can be a unique mixture of functions and building type, and therefore not all data centres are the same.
Understanding that data centres can have one or multiple users, and the need for future expansion and modular design is often a primary planning requirement.
The Central Apparatus Room is the data centre component of MediaHub’s operations. The sensitive coordination of the CRAC air conditioning and fire suppression services within floor and ceiling plenums, together with data cabling trays, ensure easy access for maintenance and future expansion.
The Operations Centre’s requirement for multiple display screen positions and analysis of various competing sight lines. Our airport experience was vital for the setting out of the master presentation area.
A ‘N + 1′, 100% redundancy capacity throughout all services was achieved, with a further ‘2N + 1′ being achieved at a later stage when additional generator capacity is installed and full capacity in the Central Apparatus Room is reached.
MediaHub were very insistent on using the facility as a marketing tool. Woodhead developed a design focused reception area which led toward an observation window looking through to the Operations Centre and back to the first level boardroom.