15 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Kao Data has opened the doors to its Kao London One Data Centre, the first of four data centres to be built at the £200 million Kao Data Campus in Harlow.
The campus is one of the largest
developments in the UK and once completed the 150,000 sqft
facility will operate over 35MW of IT load. The new site is set
to enable substantial capacity and future organic growth
opportunities for its customers
Commenting on the opening of the new site, Jan Daan Luycks,
CEO of Kao Data, said: "The ever-expanding data economy
continues to drive the need for IT capacity. Kao London
One provides highly resilient capacity and connectivity
for national and international businesses. We believe that our
strategic location and premium campus solutions offers an
exceptional proposition to customers across a wide range of
sectors, providing them with significant competitive edge."
Kao London One, features a fully operational technology
suite, which provides a 2.2MW customer-ready technical space
within an 8.8MW powered shell. The facility boasts a design
that has taken into consideration energy-efficiency,
sustainability and flexible configuration a fact that Kao says
makes the site advanced.
"I'm delighted that the first phase of the Kao Data Campus
has been brought to market according to schedule, with all
objectives met and, importantly, on budget, added Paul Finch,
chief operating officer at Kao Data. "From the outset of the
project we went back to basics, with an acute focus on
reliability and availability. We have shown these attributes
can be complementary to lower capital and operations
expenditure, energy-efficiency and sustainability.
Kao partnered with, JCA Engineering on the procurement
aspects of the facility, a move that Finch says was motivated
by the number of high-profile failures in the sector as of
"From a procurement perspective, Kao adopted a collaborative
and shared risk approach to delivery, which in light of recent
high-profile failures in the construction sector, has strongly
positioned both us and our partners well for the future phases
of the development. This is due in no small part to the
experience of the management team and the decision to partner
with an engineering-led main contractor, JCA Engineering, and
key equipment suppliers," explained Finch.
As a new market entrant to the wholesale data centre market,
Kao Data has garnered a lot of attention both for its size and
level of investment.
David Bloom, chief executive and founder of Goldacre
Ventures (now part of the Noé Group), said: "It is has
become increasingly rare for new companies to launch into the
wholesale data centre market. The barriers to entry are simply
too high given the funding requirement and the lack of suitable
sites with sufficient owned power, land and connectivity. Kao
Data Campus represents an exciting and important resource for
the UK data economy."
"Completing the build programme to schedule and on budget is
reflective of their ability to deliver on what they say they
are going to do. We now look forward to the growth of the
business and seeing a range of different customers choosing Kao
Data as their data centre provider and partner of choice,"
added Tom Phillips, investment director at Downing.
The Kao London One has been designed to with concurrently
maintainable site infrastructure, meaning it provides 100%
uptime. With a climate control infrastructure using Indirect
Evaporative Cooling (IEC) Units, the new site offers resilient
and energy efficient operations, with an ultra-low PUE of below
John Keddie, chairman of the Harlow Enterprise Zone, said:
"Harlow Council has been pleased to have been a partner in the
data centre development, supporting the infrastructure
delivery, and are excited about the prospect for further growth
on the site".
Jan Daan Luycks,