GTR to build largest data centre campus in UK hotspot of Slough
SEGRO has reached an agreement with European build-to-suit data centre firm Global Technical Realty (GTR) to develop its first UK-based facility - the largest data centre campus in the UK hotspot of Slough, just outside London.
GTR - backed by global investment firm KKR - will be taking a 400,711 sq ft space for a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres on behalf of global technology companies.
SEGRO will tailor the design and develop the site (picture render above) to GTR’s requirements, which will comprise of three independent data centres capable of operating individually, or as one interlinked campus.
The development will be delivered in two phases and should be fully operational by Q4 2022. The first phase will provide 132,575 sq ft of space, with vacant possession already achieved to start on site. The second phase will create 268,136 sq ft of space, with vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022.
The project is expected to create around 200 jobs during construction and a further 80 permanent roles on completion.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO and founder of GTR, said: “GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is the demand for it. The UK will become home to our flagship concept.”
James Craddock, managing director for the Thames Valley region at SEGRO, said: “Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster. We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers.”
SEGRO is a UK real estate investment trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, and owns and manages warehouses and industrial property totalling 95 million sq ft across eight European countries.