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Segro granted permission for Slough data centre construction

Written by Tue 11 Jun 2024

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Slough Borough Council has authorised, property investment firm, Segro, to build two additional data centres in the area.

Located near the Slough Trading Estate, these data centre are in addition to the previously approved Segro data centre development in Iver.

The Maidenhead Advertiser reported that there were no objections to the applications. Officers recommended approval due to the commercial nature of the area and the presence of four existing data centres behind the site.

The project, reported as a request from an unnamed developer last November, will require demolishing six buildings on Bath Road to make way for two data centres. The new facilities will feature office space, substations, plant enclosures, and ancillary works.

The Bath Road site was purchased by Segro last year for £120.25 million ($153 million) . The two facilities will cover approximately 80,000sqm of data centre space.

Careful Design Considerations Made

Planning officer, Martin Cowie, emphasised the careful design considerations to ensure the new centres blend with the townscape and do not overshadow key views, including those of Windsor Castle.

Cowie said the heights have been informed by substantial townscape studies ensuring the data centres sit comfortably within the general commercial character of the area.

“The existing office uses are vacant, and the demand for data centres to support the digital economy is becoming incredibly important,” added Cowie.

The Segro developments aim to optimise space, doubling the floor area compared to previous office buildings while incorporating modern design elements to enhance the local environment.

The Iver data centre project, Segro’s third facility in the area, will be larger alone than the other two Slough data centres put together, at 92,000sqm.

Vision for Data Centre Growth

Together, these projects are expected to create nearly 200 construction jobs, 180 operational jobs, and 300 direct and indirect jobs in the digital data and local service sectors. These designs also include measures to improve the Bath Road campus consisting of landscaping, tree planting, and street furniture to encourage public interactions.

The Slough data centre construction plans are part of Segro’s larger goal: to establish 24 new data centres across the UK and Europe. Earlier this year, the company raised £900 million ($1.1 billion) through a share issue. At the time, the company said it could use the money raised to build up to 24 data centres, creating 1.2GW of IT capacity.

The demand for data centres in Slough, the UK’s largest data centre market, continues to grow. This is evidenced by various ongoing projects, including Global Technical Realty’s 40.5MW data centre and Equinix’s transformation of a former paint factory into a data centre. Other notable operators in the area include Virtus, Kao, CyrusOne, and Iron Mountain.

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Written by Tue 11 Jun 2024

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