Ada Infrastructure approved to develop 210MW data centre campus in East London’s Royal Docks

Ada Infrastructure approved to develop 210MW data centre campus in East London’s Royal Docks

Ada Infrastructure, a global leader in sustainable digital infrastructure and the data centre platform of GLP Capital Partners (GCP), has been awarded a resolution to grant planning from the Newham Strategic Development Committee to deliver one of London’s largest data centre campuses.

As Ada’s flagship development in the UK, the 210MW Docklands data centre campus is designed for sustainability, safety, security and to meet emerging AI workloads.

“This new data centre development embodies our commitment to driving positive change through the use of sustainable technology and materials, a robust environmental, health and safety programme, and an on-going investment in the communities in which we work and live,” said Jennifer Weitzel, President of Ada Infrastructure.

β€œIn addition to collaborating with local partners to provide job training and employment opportunities, the project’s future-ready design, including energy-efficient systems, net positive landscaping and strict physical and cybersecurity protocols, will set new standards for safe and sustainable development in the age of AI,” added Weitzel.

Nick Cook, President, GCP Europe, added: “We are delighted to see our vision for a large-scale data centre come to life at Docklands. We will continue to leverage our significant footprint across Europe to support the growth of our data centre and clean energy strategies.”

Robert De Jong, Director at the Royal Docks Centre for Sustainability at the University of East London (UEL), commented on the positive impact of the development on the community. “We are pleased to note the significant public realm improvements that will be of huge benefit to those who live, work and study in the local area, as a result of the new data campus. These proposals are highly sustainable, in line with UEL’s own values, and have evolved to improve the design and architectural approach, as well as enhancing access to public space and the Thames River.”

The development, which includes three 70MW data centre buildings and a community multi-purpose facility, is sustainably designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The data centre buildings feature innovative energy solutions including air and liquid cooling systems that operate without water evaporation, usage of low-carbon building materials and provisions for a district heating system interconnection.

The campus is engineered to be ‘AI-ready’ from day one, capable of adapting to the intensive power and cooling requirements of hyperscale AI applications.

The multi-purpose facility will be available to the community for job training programmes to enhance local opportunities and foster careers across the digital infrastructure and technology sectors, reflecting Ada’s commitment to enriching communities by creating educational and career opportunities in cutting-edge technology fields. The new development will significantly enhance the public spaces around the site, including improved pathways for pedestrians and cyclists along the Thames River.

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