Ideally, network communication rooms or riser cupboards should be located:
The room or cupboard needs to be large enough to hold:
The walls should be full height from concrete floor to concrete ceiling, lined with at least 9mm plywood on the inside. Access should be larger than standard, for example, double swing doors sufficiently secured.
The flooring should be at least anti-static vinyl or better.
No work stations should be situated within the network communication room or riser cupboard, regardless of the size of the space.
Access to the room or cupboard should be limited to authorised technical services staff or their authorised agents. Other staff should only be permitted entry when they are escorted by an authorised staff member.
Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) requirements can be provided and fitted by the agency if required.
If fire standards require water sprinklers, power will need to be able to be terminated and the UPS shut down before any water sprinklers are activated.
Specific fire suppression requirements need to be reviewed for specific sites.
Organisations may require an area for equipment to be tested and built. This area may include multiple power and data points, a bench-type work station and limited access security systems.