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Echelon to squeeze 20MW facility into packed London Docklands

Written by Tue 17 Sep 2019

Echelon announces first expansion outside of Ireland with £150m UK investment

Irish data centre developer Echelon Data Centres has announced the acquisition of a 20MW site in London’s Docklands, the first new facility to launch in the area since the 1990s.

The site will be the company’s first investment outside of its home country. Echelon is putting £150m behind the new data centre and hopes to secure a tenant by 2020. The area is already home to 22 data centres but existing supply is failing to meet increasing demand for low latency services close to the capital’s financial centre.

The 130,000 square feet facility is a powered shell with an adjustable capacity to meet future tenant requirements and is located at The Point, Greenwich View. It also contains 13,000 square feet of office space and on-site parking for electric vehicles.

“Finding 20MW of capacity in the heart of London’s business district is not easy,” said Niall Molloy, CEO of Echelon Data Centres. “It’s a scarce commodity, given the location, the availability of power and the ability to accommodate high-density racks.”

“We believe that this is the first new facility in the area since the late 1990s – there’s generally a lack of space for existing facilities to expand – and we know that there is intense and growing demand for the capacity it will deliver,” he added.

Echelon’s Irish data centre portfolio includes an 84MW site under construction in west Dublin, and two further sites south of the capital. In January, the company announced an initial €1bn investment into Ireland, with plans to own 500MW of capacity in five countries by the end of 2025.

Written by Tue 17 Sep 2019

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