e-shelter to Develop Large UK Data Center Campus in London

NTT Communications subsidiary, e-shelter, a European data center colocation operator with presence in all key city-markets of the DACH-region leveraging 300MW of power capacity to deliver scalable data center solutions, has announced the development of a new, large data center campus in the UK.

Located in Dagenham, East London, just 15km from London Docklands, the new e-shelter data center campus will be known as ‘UK London 1 Data Center’ (London 1) and is capable of up to 24,000 sq. meters IT space and 60MW IT load once fully developed.

The data center development project also involves Gyron, the NTT Com owned UK operator which is currently being integrated with e-shelter to create a combined pan-European operating platform.

London 1 will follow e-shelter’s business model – a flexible and scalable campus, offering both traditional wholesale and retail colocation and hybrid IT solutions to support customers from a range of market segments including: enterprise, hyperscale, SaaS, telco, CDN and cloud.

Data Center Innovation Lab

The data center campus will also offer customers and partners access to the e-shelter Innovation Lab, a ‘try before you buy’ test facility where customers, service providers and technology partners can collaborate, exchange ideas and trial and test solutions in a live data center environment without having to first make the significant financial commitment of purchasing.

e-shelter’s new data center campus will offer diverse dark fiber routes to London’s key internet exchange sites (IXs) and will also be connected to the five existing Gyron data centers in Hemel Hempstead and Slough, creating a networked London operating platform of significant capacity and able to support over 100MW of IT load.

The new data center build in Dagenham once again represents rapid growth and significant investment in the European data center infrastructure by NTT Com, as this large-scale international expansion in London joins ongoing construction projects in Amsterdam (40MW) and Frankfurt (60MW). In March this year, e-shelter acquired a 40,000 square meters development site in Amsterdam Schiphol-Rijk and secured planning permission for 16,000 square meters of IT space across two buildings. Construction of this colocation facility, e-shelter’s first in the Netherlands is now underway.

“We are delighted to have now received planning permission at our Dagenham site and we look forward to developing our industry leading data center campus there, which is the latest addition to our growing pan European platform,” said Rupprecht Rittweger, CEO of e-shelter and Gyron. “London is a major global data center market and this development is driven by continued demand from our customers and partners.”

Construction in Dagenham is expected to begin from November this year. Phase one, with an initial 8MW IT load, is targeted to be ready for December 2019, with five further phases planned to follow.