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Data Centres

Why Data-related industries and investment?

In a recent report, Tech UK confirmed that “Data-related industries have a larger multiplier effect and provide better economic returns than other sectors.” The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) argues that “data and data analytics are essential drivers of innovation and productivity”.

Maintaining our investments in digital infrastructure, welcoming inward investment and protecting and nurturing UK operators should be a ‘no brainer’.

Although the UK is a global leader in data centre services and expertise, we are keen to play our part in ensuring that the UK, and the Thames Valley, retains its dominant position and continues to be a location of choice for the sector.

“Data centres are at the heart of the UK’s digital infrastructure and represent the focal point where the (UK government’s) industrial strategy and the digital strategy should meet” (Tech UK, 2017).

Europe’s largest data centre conurbation in the heart of the Thames Valley
Why Slough (and SEGRO) data centres?

 

SEGRO’s Slough Trading Estate is home to the largest data centre conurbation in Europe There are currently 22 data centres on the estate totalling over 2,000,000 sqft (over 185,800 sqm) of operational space … and counting. Current occupiers include Century Link, Easynet, Equinix, Global Crossing, GoDaddy, Level3, Logicalis, NTT, Rackspace, Virgin Media, Virtus and Zenium.

 

The estate benefits from having many of the key requirements data centres are looking for:

 

Data connectivity:
Dense fibre network with high latency to City of London, the USA and Europe.

Power:
On-site biomass power station backed up by connections to National Grid due to Estate’s legacy as a manufacturing hub.

Bespoke leases:
Giving occupiers operational control and financial certainty – leases available on minimum 15-year term certain.

Latest design standards:
Keeping industrial as a core concept, designs capable of incorporating the very latest in M&E design.

Centre of Excellence:
Experienced and dedicated in-house operation collaborating with an established local team.

Strong track record: 
Developing buildings and partnerships with customers. Able to deliver at speed to create what they need, flexing space and power.

Key location advantages include:

  • high security environment, offering 24/7, 365 days per year on-site monitored CCTV system with 92+cameras; out of hours security patrols; alarm monitoring system; ANPR; Airwave radio and video link and Business Watch Manager.
  • outside River Thames floodplain.
  • outside flight paths (notably London Heathrow), yet within easy reach of Central London (17 min train journey); London Heathrow airport (10 miles) and close to junctions on the M4, M40 and M25 motorways.

 

Planning Certainty:
A Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) covering the whole estate and operational until November 2024 provides an ability to redevelop within the estate with minimal planning requirements. This allows development to commence, subject to rules, on height, density, parking and usual building regulation consents.

 

Future Value Creation:

  • Crossrail: completing in 2019, and serving the whole Great Western Railway line to Reading, the estate is served at the western edge by Burnham station. Four trains per hour will improve connectivity to Central and East London.
  • Western Rail Access to Heathrow: completing in 2024 – journey times from Slough to Heathrow Terminal 5 will be approximately 8/9 minutes.

 

More widely across the Thames Valley

Given this excellent track-record, across the Thames Valley, a range of locations and facilities are available, or are coming on-stream. The supply reflects the proven delivery model and the growing appetite to locate in the region. A comprehensive range of facilities and capacity, with the ability to offer a full-range of options for clients, is now available. These include:

 

Bracknell Park: provides new build and design opportunities for up to 155,000 sqft and suitable for a data centre.

 

Pinewood Studios: operational since 2010 and originally set-up to service the needs of media and entertainment businesses based on the original (west) Pinewood ‘lot’ and the new (east) development, Pinewood Studios Group openly welcome new clients to take up the capacity available.

 

The Didcot Growth Accelerator Enterprise Zone: is currently promoting a number of sites capable of accommodating new data centre facilities. These include:

 

  • D-Tech: a 55 acre (23 ha) site capable of providing 950,000 sqft of commercial space.
  • Giant Didcot Distribution Park:  a 62 acre multi-commercial use site capable of incorporating office, warehousing and laboratories.
  • Signia Park: a 89 acre (36 ha) site suitable for mixed-use business and industrial development

 

Oxford Technology Park: a 2.5 acre (8.2 ha) site with consent (B1/B2, B8), currently, for over 400,000 sqft office and flexible high-tech units. The offer’ includes a bespoke building to Data Centre requirements (i) 12kN/m2 floor loading on all floors; (ii) diverse routed mirrored data connection; (iii) diverse routed mirrored 3 mva supply; (iv) good capacity of gas and water supplies to the park, and (v) detached building with a secure yard available. Watch the video here.

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