HSBC to build £300 million 'green' datacentre in York

Datacentres 'critical' to HSBC's extensive daily transactions

If the plans are approved by local authorities, the datacentre will be the bank's largest in the world. It will also be the largest ever single inward investment to York, HSBC claimed.

The datacentre will be located on a 325,000 square foot site, and will be built by up to 2,000 people over two years according to plans. It will employ up to 100 staff, including management, engineers, IT operations and support staff, and will be paired with another datacentre elsewhere in Yorkshire.

HSBC said the move was important because datacentres were a "critical" part of its IT infrastructure, handling "billions of pounds worth" of business and consumer transactions each day.

The bank said all its datacentres are built to local environmental standards, including in the UK the Building Research Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), which focuses on sustainable development.

Only one quarter of the site will be built on, with the remainder left as green space. HSBC is considering fully using "green tariff electricity" and may use transport excess heat to an adjacent swimming pool.

HSBC, which uses SAP enterprise resource planning software extensively, recently announced it was combining the roles of chief information officer and chief operating officer, after current COO David Hodgkinson retires at the end of the year.

It is standardising its IT globally under the 'One HSBC' strategy.

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