ISG lands a big contract in a data center

ISG landed an exceptional contract to develop a large data center in Berkshire, Building News can reveal.

The multi-million pound project at Wexham Road in Slough will involve the construction of two buildings over an area of ​​41,300 square metres.

A substation, a security gate and a mechanical plant are included in the plans. Once built, the center will have a total capacity of 110 MW.

ISG is building the site of Dutch data center developer Yondr Group, with the Slough site set to be the largest.

NC understands the value of the contract is around £400m.

Yondr expects to have the first building, with a capacity of 30 MW, operational by the first quarter of 2023.

The data centers will be built to the north of the site, while planning permission has been granted for the construction of 1,000 housing units on the southern plot.

Yondr chief operating officer Paul Hood said in November 2021 that the site’s location, close to the M4, will serve customers in the ‘most sought-after metro [London]”.

Plans for the site, which previously belonged to a gas works and a paint factory, were given the green light in June and were designed by London architectural firm Scott Brownrigg.

Demand for UK data centers has swelled due to the increased need for cloud storage and the move towards working from home, which has boosted TClarke’s latest pre-tax profit by more than 500%.

Last year, John Sisk also targeted the sector for work opportunities, while Severfield’s order book hit record highs, thanks in part to strong demand for data centers in the UK.

However, the large amounts of electricity used by data centers in west London has led to a ban on building new homes in the area, which may not be lifted until 2035.

NC approached ISG and Yondr, but they were unable to comment.

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