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Ada Infrastructure to build 210MW data centre in London Docklands

Written by Thu 27 Jun 2024

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The data centre subsidiary of GLP Capital Partners (GCP), Ada Infrastructure, has been awarded a resolution to grant planning from the Newham Strategic Development Committee for a development in the London Docklands.

This approval paves the way for one of the largest data centre campuses in the Royal Docks, a historic and rapidly developing area of East London.

The London Docklands data centre will comprise three 70MW facilities, with a total capacity of 210MW once fully operational. The data centre campus was designed in the spirit of environmental sustainability and is expected to support the growing need for high-functioning artificial intelligence (AI) services in London.

The Docklands campus is designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, emphasising its commitment to sustainability.

The data centre buildings will incorporate advanced energy solutions, including air and liquid cooling systems that operate without water evaporation, the use of low-carbon building materials, and provisions for a district heating system interconnection.

These features help to ensure the campus is ‘AI ready’ from day one, capable of adapting to the intensive power and cooling requirements of hyperscale AI applications.

President of Ada Infrastructure, Jennifer Weitzel, highlighted the project’s innovative design, which includes energy-efficient systems, net-positive landscaping, and stringent physical and cybersecurity protocols.

“This new data centre development embodies our commitment to driving positive change through the use of sustainable technology and materials, a robust environmental, health and safety programme, and an ongoing investment in the communities in which we work and live,” said Weitzel.

Community Benefits at London Docklands

The planned data centre campus will include a job training facility to support local community employment efforts, helping local residents prepare for employment in the growing digital infrastructure and technology sectors.

“We are pleased to note the significant public realm improvements that will be of huge benefit to those who live, work, and study in the local area,” said Robert De Jong, Director at the Royal Docks Centre for Sustainability at the University of East London (UEL).

De Jong added these proposals are highly sustainable, in line with UEL’s own values, and have evolved to improve the design and architectural approach, as well as enhancing access to public space and the Thames River.

Building a data centre in the city is likely welcome news to supporters of the Labour Party’s recent tech initiative announcement. In it, the Party proposed to classify data centres as critical infrastructure, subject to less-rigorous zoning and planning regulations than other structures.

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Written by Thu 27 Jun 2024

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