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April 21, 2015

Go ahead for £100m Scottish data centre campus

Biomass powered site will make it the UK’s largest green data centre.

By Joao Lima

Plans to build two cloud hosting facilities in Queensway Park in Fife in Scotland have been approved.

The first stage of the project will see 90,000 sq ft of collocation space ready for occupation by the end of 2016.

At a cost of £100 million, once completed the project will be Scotland’s largest data centre.

The firm said the buildings had been designed to receive a power usage efficiency (PUE) rating of under 1.15.

The facility will receive power from the adjacent RWE Innogy biomass plant, which is said to be the largest built to date in the UK, producing up to 65MW of electricity.

To cool the data halls, the collo firm will use precision air handling systems with excess heat being used in adjoining offices.

Queensway Park Data Centres Director Alan O’Connor said: "Interest in the Fife facility has been strong and although we are building towards shared or co-location facilities, we are not ruling out the possibility of a single user requirement for either phase."

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Robin Presswood, Head of Economy, Planning & Employability Services said: "This as an important piece of business infrastructure that Fife can offer companies looking for improved business performance through cloud computing and to companies using Big Data to identify new business trends and opportunities, particularly in financial services and the energy industries."

The developer said Scotland has seven dedicated large scale data centres of around 214 throughout the rest of the UK.

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