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Council greenlights Kao Data £350m Stockport data centre development

Written by Wed 13 Mar 2024

Plans by Kao Data for a new £350 million ($448 million) Stockport data centre have garnered approval from local councillors.

Marketing Stockport reported local councillors on Stockport Council’s Heatons and Reddish Area Committee voted to approve the Kao Data scheme on Reddish’s Kenwood Road Industrial Estate. 

“The deployment of the largest data centre in the north of England … will provide a cutting-edge platform for future tech careers, aspiring technology artificial intelligence (AI) start-ups and encourage the world’s leading tech businesses into the city region,” said Adam Nethersole, Vice President of Marketing at Kao Data.

Councillors raised concerns about disruption to residents during construction but found that noise and traffic issues were adequately addressed in Kao Data’s plans for the site. The plans will now advance to the borough’s Planning and Highways Regulation Committee for the final decision.

In May, Kao Data announced an investment of £350 million ($448 million) in a new 40MW data centre located in Manchester, following the acquisition of two new data centres in 2022.

The UK-based data centre developer and operator secured a 39,000sqm ex-industrial site at Kenwood Point for the sustainable redevelopment. The Tier II data centre is expected to be operational in late 2025.

The facility is expected to offer a PUE of 1.2, powered by 100% renewable energy, and utilise hydrotreated vegetable oil for its generators. Heat from the data centre will also be reused within the local community.

Manchester is a fast-growing hub for technology and data centre investment. Earlier this year, Lunar Digital acquired a 3MVA data centre from Equinix in the city, while Datum opened a new data centre in Manchester consisting of 1,000 server racks.

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Written by Wed 13 Mar 2024

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