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Teledata gains approval for Manchester data centre expansion

Written by Wed 4 Oct 2023

Data centre operator TeleData UK has received approval to expand its Manchester data centre.

The planning application, submitted by Union4, included the demolition of a vacant two-story flat roof building to be replaced by a new data centre campus. The site is located east of Wythenshaw town centre.

The proposed data centre expansion will contain around 46,000sqft of space. The current facility provides 6,500sqm of data centre service to over 250 clients. The data centre is connected to Delta House, TeleData’s headquarters.

“The existing building provides insufficient floor space to cater for demand and the comprehensive development delivers a more operationally efficient building,” said TeleData.

The expansion will include a large data hall, cooling corridor on both floors, electrical plant rooms, storage rooms, a reception area, and ancillary offices.

Proposed landscaping will constitute a significant enhancement, with new tree and shrub planting along the southern and eastern boundaries. 

Union4 said the new planting is important for softening the appearance of the new building, improving biodiversity, and providing a greener setting for forthcoming residential development to the south.

“It is also important to the applicant by improving the image and appearance of the site from a commercial perspective, as one of their showcase facilities,” said the Union 4 in a Planning Statement on behalf of TeleData.

TeleData cited increased demand from colocation and cloud hosting customers as the reason for their expansion.

TeleData said the campus will be a hub for cutting-edge technology and a ‘catalyst for further investment into the region’. The data centre is expected to open up opportunities for sector expansion in the region.

TeleData also emphasised the potential for building upon the city’s existing knowledge base. Their aim is to further elevate the industry’s profile in Manchester.

“The proposals provide the added benefit of indirectly generating economic growth and employment provision within the wider area, thus, having substantive benefits in terms of the core strategy’s vision and spatial objectives,” said TeleData.

Correspondence was received from three local residents. One residents objected to the proposal, citing unresolved noise issues with the current location site as cause for their concerns.

Another resident said TeleData had gone to lengths to keep them informed of its intentions. The resident added that Teledata had also visited the adjoining business to ‘allay any concerns’.

In September 2022, Farnborough-based data centre provider Datum Datacentres acquired Teledata. This marked the first regional bolt-on acquisition for Datum as part of its expansion strategy.

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Written by Wed 4 Oct 2023

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