10 data projects worth €144m in Irish pipeline
As many as 10 data centre projects involving investments totalling more than €144m are in the pipeline for Ireland and seven of them are in the Republic, with the remainder in Northern Ireland.
The benign climate makes Ireland an attractive location for data centres whose huge computer systems require air conditioning to prevent overheating.
According to Construction Information Services research, the largest data centre in the current pipeline is the €104m development planned by Ecolo Data Centres Ltd whose directors are Brian, Kenneth and Maurice McDonagh. Brian is involved in the air conditioning business.
Their development would accommodate 10 units at Mountkennedy Demesne, Co Wicklow, which is awaiting Bord Pleanala approval. When completed the units will be offered for sale or rent to data centre operators and major internet service companies.
Amazon, the internet book seller, plans to invest €20m in the development of a new data centre in the warehouse site it recently bought from Tesco in Greenhills Industrial Estate, Walkinstown, Co Dublin. Amazon has already taken space from Digital Realty Trust (DRT) for two data projects on Dublin's northside including one at the Snughborough Industrial Estate in Blanchardstown, and another in Clonshaugh.
Meanwhile in Clondalkin, DRT has submitted a planning application for four data buildings totalling 21,090sqm in a development at Profile Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 22.
A 12,657sqm facility in Derry, Northern Ireland valued at €15.8m, is being developed by Dublin firm Servecentric Ltd whose directors include Bernard Geoghehan, who is also a director of a number of DRT related companies. Located on the Buncrana Road, the project is at the pre-tender stage.
In Co Clare, Mentor Graphics has received permission for a €2m unit at Shannon Free Zone.