UK operator Datum Datacentres has completed work of a new 1MW data hall at its Farnborough data center.

The company expansion project has been completed at Datum’s FRN1 as part of a £7 million ($9m) investment program.

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The new first-floor data hall – known as Hall 4 – offers capacity for 380 racks, cooling infrastructure for 1000kW of IT load with N+1 resilience, and power infrastructure for 1000kW of IT load with 2N resilience.

The halls include backup generators fueled with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and lithium-ion batteries in the UPS system. The design and build activities were carried out by Keysource.

Dominic Phillips, CEO of Datum, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer extra data center capacity at a time when companies are struggling to find the high-quality data center footprint they need. We have proved since 2013 that our energy-efficient, ‘service first’ colocation formula is a successful one, so we are delighted to be able to offer more of our services from our growing facilities.”

Jon Healy, Operations Director at Keysource, said: “Planning during the pre-construction phase ensured there was zero risk of downtime and operational disruption and that existing client SLAs and OLAs were maintained. We also understand and support Datum’s sustainability ambitions and those of their clients. These are reflected throughout our collaborative projects, which aim to reduce the amount of scope 2 and 3 emissions.”

Launched in 2012, Datum operates the FRN1 facility in the QinetiQ Cody Technology Park in Farnborough, located outside London. The 40,000 sq ft (3,716 sqm) facility was built by KeySource in 2012.

The company was acquired by funds managed by the UBS Asset Management (UBS-AM) Real Estate & Private Markets business (REPM) in September 2021 and acquired Manchester-based Teledata in September 2022.

Datum Group is also planning new data center facilities at both its Farnborough and Manchester locations in the coming year.

FRN2 will provide capacity for 600 racks on the ground floor, with scope to double this capacity on the first floor.