As part of the growing success story of UK Enterprise Zones, the data center at Kao Park will be at the cutting edge of science and technology campuses
Las Vegas, Nevada / London, UK (September 18, 2015) — Kao Data has appointed Wired Real Estate Group Inc. (“WiredRE”) to elevate the US presence of its state-of-the-art data center at Kao Park on the outskirts of London in the United Kingdom.
Kao Park is strategically located along the London-Cambridge-Stanstead corridor, an emerging innovation belt for the science and technology industry, and has historically been a center for discovery. Fiber optic cable was invented on the site by the campus’ namesake Charles Kao, who later received the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics, and George Hockham in 1966.
Building on its tradition of innovation and new technology, Kao Park will be the first part of a new UK Enterprise Zone to be delivered and will be the only campus near London to provide occupiers with Grade A office accommodation (215,000 sq ft) and a state-of-the-art data center. The data center at Kao Park will be one of the largest campus data centers in the UK when it launches in 2016.
“Kao Park is a great example of a public-private partnership that unlocks investment, leading to economic growth and job creation,” stated David Bloom, Director of Kao Data. “We’ve turned an underutilized site into a business and technology center that will preserve the sites rich telecommunications, media and technology heritage.”
The development will see the creation of the data center on the former 35-acre Nortel Telecommunications site with world-class data scale and capacity for international companies of all sizes. The data capability of the campus is a significant attraction for businesses moving to the area.
“As the birthplace of fiber optics, Kao Park has the legacy, workforce and supporting infrastructure to support a world class data center campus,” commented Everett Thompson, WiredRE CEO. “With the additional benefits of enterprise zone status, proximity to Cambridge and London, and successful tech office tenancy, this campus is poised to become a regional hub of telecom, cloud, and data center innovation.”
The data center at Kao Park will build on the UK’s reputation as a leading processing hub, while providing an environment conducive to pioneering innovation and work-life balance.