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Segro moves forward with Marseille data centre

Written by Wed 3 Jul 2024

UK industrial real estate firm, Segro, has unveiled plans to construct a state-of-the-art data centre and warehouse in the Actisud zone of Marseille, France.

DC Mag reported the company’s ambitious plan features a 23,000sqm main building housing the data centre, which will require a substantial double underground electrical connection of 90kV.

The project is set to proceed in two phases. Phase I involves deconstruction of existing structures to clear the way for Phase II, construction of the new facility.

However, concerns have been raised that the proposed data centre campus violates local planning regulations. The building’s height is 36m, twice the permitted 18m. Other issues include its large size (23,325 sqm), a double underground electrical connection, and the need for 20 emergency generators, each with a capacity of 5100W.

These, in addition to the proposed height, have prompted significant scrutiny from the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Regional Environmental Authority Mission (MRAe).

Segro Expands Through Europe

Segro is known for its extensive portfolio of industrial warehouse properties and data centres, particularly in the Slough area. The company was recently granted permission by local regulators to build two new data centres in Slough.

The company has been expanding aggressively, raising £866.4 million ($1.1 billion) earlier this year to fund the development of up to 24 data centres across the UK and Europe. Marseille is becoming an increasingly strategic location for data centres as it is open to the Mediterranean and provides access to 15 submarine cables, connecting Marseille to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Segro recently presented key areas of its company strategy, including the urban warehouse market, its urban strategy, its customer base, and the opportunities provided by data centres in urban areas.

The data centre opportunity outlined by Segro encompassed the existing portfolio and the 1.2GW opportunity in the sector, which the company said could create £200 million ($253.9 million) in new rental income.

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Written by Wed 3 Jul 2024

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