INDUSTRY NEWS

Green data centre to open in Scotland

22 April 2014



Plans have been submitted by the AOC group of developers for a 75,000 square foot green data centre facility at Queensway Business Park in Glenrothes Fife, Scotland. A detailed planning application will be submitted within the next few weeks and work could start on the £40 million facility as early as this summer. The development will create up to 250 construction jobs and around 50 full time skilled technology and engineering jobs when completed in just over a year.

The facility will be the first of its kind in the UK drawing its energy from a renewable source with power coming from the largest biomass plant in the country located at Markinch in Fife. Queensway Data Centre will accommodate up to 1,500 high performance computer racks offering high levels of resilience and data security.

The facility will be built to a BREEAM outstanding standard with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of less than 1.15. BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating standard for the built environment.

Occupiers can expect to reduce their carbon emissions from data centre activities by more than 80 per cent in what is being heralded as one of most advanced facilities in Europe. The centre will be carrier neutral and provide diversely routed connections from the UK’s backbone fibre network. A specialised team have been assembled to offer clients the highest levels of IT support services.

The development of the data centre in Fife could prove to be an extremely significant economic development for the area and a strategically important part of Scotland’s IT infrastructure as a whole.

Deputy Council Leader and spokesperson for Economy and Planning Lesley Laird said: ‘News of this development for Glenrothes is particularly welcome not only in terms of the employment opportunities it will bring but in enhancing the Council’s plans to regenerate the entire estate. Officers in the Invest in Fife team and Scottish Development International have worked closely with the company over the past twelve months or so to help identify the best location.’