UK Data Center Gets Green Light

European data center developer e-shelter ( announced on Monday it will build a 829,000 square foot campus-style data center has been approved, making it the largest purpose-built data center in the UK.

Located in Saunderton near High Wycombe, the facility is just 30 miles away from the City and Docklands.

E-shelter purchased the 50 acre site this week through its joint venture with its funding partner, PFB Data Centre Fund. The facility will offer over 400,000 sq ft of net lettable space to UK-based or global companies that depend on data to deliver services or manage internal systems and processes.

The company says the data center will be built in four stages, with phase one to be completed by mid-2010. The company says it will begin construction sometime next year.

Built to tier 4 specification, the facility will deliver 100MW of power from two separate grid points, making it the only one of its kind in the UK.

The site will be the second largest facility in Europe, next to e-shelter's facility in Frankfurt. The company currently has a total of five data centers in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich.

Once completed, the data center will be the first in the UK to comply with the gold Leader in Engineering & Environmental Design accreditation, while providing the high levels of physical security and operational reliability demanded by financial institutions, service providers and Internet companies alike.

The facility will be custom designed to reduce the "visual and environmental impact on the local community," says e-shelter, including the use of turf roofing and heavy landscaping.

"E-shelter has worked closely with Wycombe District Council in the design and planning of the new facility, as it is important that we handle this development sensitively and as far as possible blend it into its rural surroundings," says Phillip Lydford, CEO of e-shelter UK. "The Saunderton location's proximity to London allows networks in the capital to benefit from near real-time replication of databases in the new facility, thereby avoiding any latency problems."

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