Data centre project greenlit for Derry

A large-scale data centre project has been received planning permission in Derry, Ireland.

Located at the Innovation Park at Foyle Port, Atlantic Hub Property Limited has submitted designs to build one of the most advanced data centres in western Europe and is currently going through the planning process.

“With this project planning approval, we are in prime position to accelerate our conversations with the serious players in the sector,” said Brian Doherty, managing director at Atlantic Hub.

“The strategic location of the campus at Foyle Port is vital as it provides connectivity to local energy supplies generated from 100 per cent certified renewable sources.

“Furthermore, our efforts in the development and delivery of a ‘Green Region North West’ initiative as part of this overall project, is our commitment to ensure the region targets zero carbon emissions, pressing ahead with sustainable development that does not impact the environment and will deliver even more inward investment for the region.”

Situated close to GTT’s transatlantic subsea cable, the new site is set to become one the largest ever property developments in the north west and could offer a ‘one front door’ solution to connect the UK and Europe post-Brexit.

“Diversification is central to our strategy at Foyle Port and the granting of permission for this data centre development plays a key role as part of our ambitious plan for the wider Port economic zone,” added Brian McGrath, CEO of Foyle Port.

Specifically, the project will see construction of four data centre buildings at Maydown for both private and public sector clients.


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“This permission represents a statement of intent for the Port and how we are planning for the future,” said George Cuthbert, the port’s development director.

“The past few months have been difficult for everyone and this positive news is a shot in the arm for the economy in this part of the island of Ireland. It presents a significant opportunity in a growth sector of international importance.”

At the point of launch, it will offer up to one million sq ft of technical floorspace, with complementary office accommodation.

“This will be a transformative project for the economy of the north west in terms of jobs, economic growth and wealth generation,” Paul Clancy added CEO of Derry Chamber.

“We are encouraged about the potential this will bring and we will do all we can to help promote such a project that will ultimately attract foreign direct investment the city region.”

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