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Equinix unveils plans for data centre campus on former Slough factory site

Written by Tue 12 Mar 2024

Data centre provider, Equinix, has revealed plans to transform a former paint factory industrial site in Slough into a data centre campus.

In a consultation presentation, Equinix said the facility will be a ‘vital new piece of digital infrastructure within Slough’ and revitalise a former ‘gateway’ industrial site to the town.

The company said plans for the 11.5-acre site are in the beginning stages. The development will consist of three buildings, each housing a separate data hall. Specifications regarding the size and capacity of the data centre campus were not disclosed.

The colocation company stated the new site will boost the community by offering local jobs and training, establishing a technology hub to solidify Slough’s position in the tech sector, improving biodiversity and landscaping, and contributing to the local economy.

“The UK is currently Europe’s tech hub. In order to keep this status, data centres need to play a role to support that growth. Slough is becoming a hub for this with several data centres already in the area,” said Equinix in its consultation presentation.

The proposals are at an early stage and will be submitted for planning permission later this year. The consultation closes on 27 March.

Equinix’s involvement in the Slough Data Centre Campus is significant. Currently operating data centres LD4, LD5, LD6, LD11x, LD10, and LD13x in Slough, the company is expanding with the construction of a new 30MW facility, LD14.

“Equinix is proud to be an active member of the Slough community with our six existing sites, and so we fully understand the importance of ongoing investment to keep Slough’s position as the connectivity cornerstone of the world,” said Bruce Owens, Managing Director at Equinix UK to the Slough & South Bucks Observer.

In November, Equinix was revealed as the developer behind plans to build a data centre on a former AkzoNobel paint and manufacturing facility in Slough. The proposal said the company seeks to build a data centre campus after the demolition of the remaining buildings on the site.

The History of the Slough Site

The AkzoNobel Decorative Paints site on Wexham Road was sold by Slough Borough Council for over £100 million ($127 million) in 2022 to alleviate its debt. 

Initially earmarked for up to 1,000 homes after ceasing factory operations in 2018, planning permission was granted to Panattoni in 2020. However, a report revealed building the homes would cost the council at least £250 million ($319 million), with unclear funding sources. 

The site was sold to the highest bidder in November 2022. The Slough & South Bucks Observer reported that then-council leader James Swindlehurst described it as ‘perhaps the single most beneficial transaction’ he had ever witnessed.

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Written by Tue 12 Mar 2024

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