Scotland Data Center Construction Announced By Queensway

Queensway Park Data Centers Ltd. announced in mid-April that it will be constructing two Scotland data centers at Queensway Park in Glenrothes, which is approximately 34 miles northeast of Edinburgh.

The Scotland data centers are being built with data center sustainability in mind. Both buildings will be constructed to comply with Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology outstanding standards and the company is hoping to reach a target PUE rating of 1.15. 

The facility will be powered with energy from the RWE Innogy biomass plant located next to Queensway's campus. The plant is the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom, and is capable of producing as much as 65 MW.

The first facility will offer more than 90,000 square feet and will cost almost $149 million to build. Once completed, the site will become the largest colocation data center in the country. Robin Presswood, head of economy and planning for the local council of Fife, where Glenrothes is located, said that the construction of such a large complex will be a boon to local industry.

"This as an important piece of business infrastructure that Fife can offer companies looking for improved business performance through cloud computing and to companies using big data to identify new business trends and opportunities, particularly in financial services and the energy industries," Presswood said.

There are currently only seven colocation data centers in all of Scotland. In contrast, there are more than 200 across the rest of the U.K. Building such a large facility in Scotland will not only benefit the local economy, but help to boost the data center industry in the area and encourage other operators to move there.

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