‘The Bunker’ Wins Britain’s Most Picturesque Data Centre Award

Beating hundreds of other competitors, Sandwich’s The Bunker deemed to have the ‘X’ Factor

Data centre provider ‘The Bunker’ has won TechWeekEurope’s ‘Britain’s Most Picturesque Data Centre 2016’ competition, stunning the judges with a throwback design reminiscent of a time spent living in fear of nuclear war.

Situated in the unassuming town of Sandwich, Kent, ‘The Bunker’ wowed judges with its simple, concise tagline of ‘Ultra Secure’ – a commitment materialised by the unique design elements of the data centre.


A spokesperson from The Bunker told TechWeekEurope: “It’s unique in that it’s an ex-military site, designed to protect data and people in the event of a nuclear attack.”

Building on that theme of protection, the barbed wire fence swung the judges in The Bunker’s favour, giving the data centre a truly historical aesthetic that runs in parallel to the futuristic operations happening inside.

“The shadow of the barbed wire fence just gave me the willies – something I’ve not felt for quite some time. It’s both hauntingly beautiful but deadly serious,” said TechWeekEurope Chief Editor Duncan MacRae.

“Any intruder would have to think twice about encroaching that data centre.”

Congratulations to The Bunker. You can read more about its operations here.

“Stunning…” said TechWeekEurope reporter Ben Sullivan

Runners Up

Of course, TechWeekEurope was inundated with entries for the competition this year. While only one winner, here are the runners up that impressed judges with their eye-candy rack wares.


Colt created a mesmerising sense of scale in this photo of one of the firm’s main data centre floors.

Colt data centre


IO’s Slough data centre looks just as good from the air as it does from the inside, thought judges.

IO Slough 01

Aegis Data

Judges came over all emotional when surveying Aegis Data data centre’s blue hue.

Aegis Data 2


The Isle of Man’s Netcetera data centre just exudes ‘welcoming’ with a wonderful red brick archway.

Netcetera data centre


Daisy’s Manchester-based ServerBank data centre is situated in a former Bank of England vault, and sits underground behind a 12-tonne bomb-proof door.

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Cogeco Peer 1

Cogeco Peer 1’s Portsmouth data centre. “Finding order in chaos, eliminates data loss” – Buddhist philosophy


Thanks to all our entrants for this year!