CyrusOne has proposed a new data center in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, UK.

According to a filing with Buckinghamshire council this month, the ‘Iver Heath Data Park’ project would redevelop the Shannon Group headquarters, located on Dromenagh Farm on Sevenhills Road “to provide a new hyperscale data center, training center and associated infrastructure.”

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– CyrusOne

The existing 5,850 sqm (7,000 sq ft) development would be redeveloped for up to 63,000 sqm (678,000 sq ft) of data center facilities in a plot of 16.59 hectares. The site will have 10 data halls supporting around 90MW of capacity. The project would include a new on-site substation.

The landowner and company behind the development have been redacted on a small number of documents, with Montagu Evans LLP acting as the agent for the project. However, a number of other design and planning documents for the project list CyrusOne as the client; further documents suggest the company has been planning the development since at least early 2021.

Apt is the project’s lead architect. The facility would be built into the landscape and include a ‘green roof’ to mask the facility. The company aims to develop an ‘Edible Landscape’ orchard along public pathways for local walkers. Species will include Cobnut, native apples, as well as pear and cherry plum trees. The project would also include on-site solar panels.

The training center is designed to accommodate ‘specialist data center equipment to facilitate training in partnership with local education providers,’ similar to the model developed by CyrusOne with UTC Heathrow.

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The site as it currently stands – Google Maps

The filings say the facility would “help meet the pressing need for further capacity within the Buckinghamshire area and more widely.” The company has secured power connections with SSE totaling more than 160MVA.

While it doesn’t outline a specific end-user, the documents made reference to the need for availability zones from some cloud customers and the proposed data center’s location between existing AZ’s in Slough and Hayes.

The site currently consists of multiple large buildings, warehouses, workshops, offices, and hard standings. The Shannon Group also operates helicopters and a motor racing team from the site. Prior to the Shannon Group the land was used as a construction, demolition, and logistics base for the previous 30 years.

Founded in 1994, the Shannon Group provides civil engineering, groundworks and specialist construction services. The company has occupied the site for more than 20 years; a number of smaller companies also occupy smaller parts of the proposed site.

Part of property has been occupied by Living Props, a manufacturer and supplier of living and artificial trees and fauna for the film industry, for more than 25 years. There are also two residential properties on the site. Part of the land was previously a landfill.

CyrusOne currently operates six ‘London’ data centers; four in Slough, one in Hayes, and another in Woking.

Nestled between existing hotspots Slough and Hayes, Iver isn’t traditionally a major development area for data centers. However, Segro and Amazon are looking to develop a data center in the south of Iver. CyrusOne’s proposed development is further north of those two projects.

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