Building the Island’s future economy? T&G are up for the challenge
August 5, 2023
Government economic notes for July underscore the challenges Jersey faces when it comes to improving our long-term financial outlook. And the ringing reminder that productivity needs to go up if living standards are not to go down. Message understood. How about some joined-up thinking? To join-up government with our world-class connectivity, future energy plans, the AI opportunity, and the local construction sector and what lies beneath. Basements that is – which could be the foundation for some pretty innovative structural engineering.
Basements. Out of sight and usually out of mind. Good for the mundane – car parking, say, or document storage. Great for fun – perhaps a private cinema or play zone. But how about something more productive? With a little imagination these roomy spaces could be filled with racks, servers and switchgear to become sunken data centres running the latest AI applications. Hooked-up to the outside world through the Island’s gigabit fibre network and multiple undersea cables. Enjoying super resilient back-up from the mesh of low earth orbit satellites now circling overhead. And powered by existing green electricity imports, or – thinking outside the box now – perhaps offshore wind or tidal. Or even renewable energy generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, which is something T&G is already involved in.
Now, what’s the challenge with data centres? Heat. Lots and lots of heat. Time to get joined-up again and take the heat out of the problem. It may be no use to the data centre but with some clever engineering solutions to capture and harness could become a valuable source of heating other locations. A new hospital, perhaps, new school or new national gallery. How about a housing estate, agricultural buildings or even a new swimming pool – you know, one the right size for international competitions?
Achievable ideas? Yes, certainly. Easy to achieve? Certainly not. . . without a collective effort. Anyone ready to start really talking future economy? T&G is certainly up for the challenge.
Why choose T & G?
Over more than 30 years in business, we have been involved in projects across the Channel Islands, spanning every type of construction, working on large commissions and small, encompassing the requirements of private and public sector clients. Each has been approached with the same determined, creative professionalism that drives everything T&G does.
Choosing to work with T&G in Guernsey or Jersey provides assurance of the same high quality approach. We take pride in understanding and meeting client requirements, in finding solutions to engineering challenges and ensuring satisfaction at the completion of every project or piece of work.