Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dublin first European capital to land new hyperscale data centre in 2018

Ireland continues to attract strong foreign data centre investment despite the PR-disaster that affected Apple and AWS’ projects.

Dublin, already home to data centres of some of the world’s largest technology companies, has been chosen by no other than Amazon for the construction of a new hosting property. This despite ongoing objection for another data centre campus in the Irish capital.

According to the Irish Independent, the building in Tallaght, south of Dublin, could cost up to €45m and is projected to measure 88,500 sqf.

Amazon has in less than ten years become one of the largest foreign investors in Ireland with more €1bn invested in data centres and operations.

The company is, however, facing some delays – similar to what Apple has experienced in Athenry – as a consequence of local objection to a much larger €700m data centre campus that would comprise seven buildings.

Running as “Project G”, the development would see on a first stage the construction of a 223,233 sqf data centre building in Mulhuddart, in the north-west of the Irish capital, in a piece of land owned by the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and totalling 26 acres.

The first building could cost €200m, with the remainder six projected at a smaller scale and price.

Work was expected to start in 2017, however, such did not happen as a result of the mentioned objections.

In November last year it was found that some of Amazon’s most senior figures had hold talks with representatives from the Irish government over delays on data centre planning approvals.