Telehouse to expand London Docklands data centre campus

Sabina Weston

25 Aug, 2020

Telehouse has announced plans to further expand its campus in London’s Docklands area by adding a new, 31,000 square metre data centre.

The new facility, which will be the Telehouse’s fifth data centre in London Docklands, will stretch across six floors and have a total power capacity of 30MVA. Located approximately 300m away from the existing Telehouse London Docklands data centres, it will be connected to them with the help of a network of existing fibre-optic cables.

The company announced that the new facility will offer the same credentials as the currently-existing Dockland campus buildings, providing a “flexible, scalable infrastructure” for enterprises seeking “a highly secure operating environment” as well as the ability to interconnect with a variety of cloud, network and IT service providers.

The first floor of the new data centre will host around 500 racks and is scheduled to become available to customers in early 2022. The further five floors are to follow later, with no date specified at the time of going to press.

Commenting on the announcement, Telehouse Europe managing director Ken Sakai said that the “latest investment demonstrates our continued support for the UK market”. 

“London is one of the most critical interconnection points in the world and plays a major role in facilitating the flow of data that supports the growing digital economy. The new data centre will ensure we are well-positioned to continue this growth, service our customers’ needs and meet future demand,” he said.

The news of the development coincides with the 30th anniversary of the launch of Telehouse’s first London data centre.

In 2010, the company also completed a data centre which uses excess heat to power a housing development and businesses in the Docklands area. The facility, which cost £80 million to build, exports heat through the cooling system and converts it into energy. Although three storeys taller than the newly-announced data centre, it holds significantly less floor space: 19,000 square metres.

Telehouse Europe’s technical services director at the time, Bob Harris, said that “any attempt to address the lack of space within the data centre industry has to be undertaken with a level of environmental awareness”.