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A four stage building project on what is being billed as the UK's largest purpose built data center is about to begin at Saunderton near High Wycombe after e-shelter bought a 50 acre brown field site in a joint venture with PFB Data Centre Fund.
The data center building plan is for Tier IV facilities served by 100mw of power from two grid points from Scottish Power and Southern electric. The facility is aiming to be the first UK site with Gold standard Leader in Engineering & Design accreditation.
Design aspects of the plan include turfing the roof and building cladding to minimise the impact and to blend in with the surrounding landscape.
Phillip Lydford, chief executive of e-shelter UK, said: "The UK has always been an important target to break into for e-shelter as a company and we have some ambitious plans. e-shelter has worked closely with Wycombe District Council in the design and planning of the new facility, as it is important that we handle this development sensitively and as far as possible blend it into its rural surroundings. The Saunderton location's proximity to London allows networks in the capital to benefit from near real-time replication of databases in the new facility, thereby avoiding any latency problems."
Ed Williams, chief executive of Pinder Fry & Benjamin, the promoter and investment manager of e-shelter's funding partner, PFB Data Centre Fund, said: "e-shelter is a first class data center specialist and Saunderton will be a first class data center campus. We are delighted to be providing funding for the development through our PFB Data Centre Fund, which is itself an innovative, market leading fund." Williams added: "We see strong potential for growth in the data centre sector and are partnering with e-shelter both in the UK and in Europe to capture this potential."
The UK site will offer discrete buildings within the campus, whole data floors, large scale private data suites, peripheral offices and medium to large tranches of data centre space.
The first stage is due for completion by mid-2010 and will target financial services, telecoms and internet companies.