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Global Switch receives planning approval for new 40MW London data centre

Written by Mon 26 Feb 2024

Global Switch has been granted planning approval for the construction of a new data centre in London Docklands.

The new five-floor 27,000sqm data centre, London South, will expand Global Switch’s London site. This includes London East and London North, making it one of Europe’s largest purpose-built data centre campuses at 115,000sqm.

Global Switch’s new London South data centre will deliver a low latency, highly interconnected OCP-compliant data centre experience, that will offer 40MW of IT power capacity. 

London South expands the capabilities of the existing London East and London North data centres, which offer high-density air and liquid-cooled solutions to the market. The data centre will provide various power densities. The standard is 3,000 watts per square meter (W/sqm), with options for densities exceeding 5,000W/sqm through liquid cooling.

“With this new addition to our London campus, Global Switch will provide existing and new customers with further expansion opportunities in yet another Tier 1 located, low latency, high-density data centre solution,” said Ashley Muldoon, CEO of Global Switch.

The new facility will be located less than a mile away from London’s Canary Wharf and 3.5 miles from the City of London. Global Switch emphasised the proximity to business districts as vital for supporting the rapid processing needs of AI applications, which demand low latency crucial for real-time decision-making.

The new London South data centre will serve as an additional capacity for growth on the campus, accommodating both new and existing customers seeking a low-latency Tier 1 location.

Global Switch Commits to Sustainability

Global Switch said the new data centre will align with the Mayor of London’s policy objectives outlined in the Energy Hierarchy of the London Plan

Global Switch said its London campus currently operates on 100% renewable energy. London South is specifically designed to integrate the latest energy-efficient and resilient technologies, aiming to minimise power consumption and decrease the data centre’s carbon footprint. 

“London South encapsulates Global Switch’s most advanced design guidelines as we continue to drive towards our target of net zero across the portfolio by 2030,” said Adam Eaton, Executive Group Director for London at Global Switch.

This includes implementing low-energy flexible cooling solutions for critical environments and using fossil-free hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel for backup generators, which can result in up to 90% reduction in net CO2 emissions.

If needed, the data centre will have the capability to provide heat to the local community.

Global Switch Data Centres

Global Switch has a portfolio of 13 large-scale data centres. As of the most recent valuation on 31 December 2022, Global Switch’s investment property portfolio reached £6.6 billion ($8.4 billion). The Company has generated around £275 million ($350 million) in annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation.

In August, Stakeholders of Global Switch deliberated selling the data centre provider’s operations in Europe and Asia Pacific to different buyers in separate deals. 

According to sources at the time, each division could be valued at £2.3 billion ($3 billion).

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Written by Mon 26 Feb 2024

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