Panattoni, one of the world’s largest privately owned industrial developers, and Pure Data Centres Group, the wholesale colocation operator, have been given the green light to build a new data centre in Borehamwood, North London. The application was approved this week by Hertsmere Borough Council.
The 5.5-hectare site was originally occupied by MGM’s Elstree Studio until 1970 when it became a Sainsbury’s frozen food depot. It was purchased by Panattoni in 2018 and two warehouses were built speculatively. The newly-completed warehouses will be demolished to make way for the 41,763 sqm (450,000 sq ft) three-storey data centre which will have more than 50MW IT power and 42 backup generators at the rear of the site.
This facility will be Pure DC’s third venture in the UK. The company previously built a smaller data centre in Birmingham which was sold to their operating partner GTP3. Another 40MW facility is also under construction in North London.