NDC-GARBE building new data centre in Frankfurt

By Harry Menear
The four-storey, 10,000 square metre facility is NDC-GARBE’s first major project since its formation in a merger last year...

German data centre company NDC-GARBE has rolled out the first project since its formation from the merger of NDC Data Centres and Garbe in 2019.

The new facility is located in Hanau, Germany, about 20 kilometres from the Frankfurt DE-CIX, one of Europe’s leading digital exchanges. According to NDC-GARBE, the project is being developed in collaboration with Exyte and Royal Haskoning

In a statement released on Wednesday this week, NDC-GARBE’s managing director, Spyridon Linardakis, noted that the company is proud to have established a “significant footprint in the Frankfurt region,” adding that, “Our focus now is on the execution and delivery in time and on budget.”

The new Hanau data centre is a vertical build, and will encapsulate 10,000 square metres over four floors. The company declined to reveal the facility’s planned capacity at launch - an event scheduled for early 2021 - or its final IT load. NDC-GARBE has, however, assured the public that the facility is being built with the principles of modularity, efficiency, and sustainability in mind, pursuant to the aim of “decarbonising digitalisation.”

In addition to a flexible combination of adiabatic and dry cooling, which the company claims will reduce water wastage aid of achieving an industry leading seasonal WUE score, NDC-GARBE has announced that it will match the facility’s power consumption with clean energy purchase agreements on a year-by-year basis. 

“This project is testament to the successful bundle of strengths in both, the data center as well as the real estate sector,” said Peter Pohlschroeder, another managing director at NDC-GARBE. “The retaining market momentum will accelerate our developments in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg.”

Since the merger between NDC Data Centres and Garbe - which took place in October of 2019 - the company has focused on expanding its footprint in the European data centre market. The company is also working on developments in the majority of Germany’s major cities, including Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg but claims to also be driving renewable energy and storage concepts for data centers in Austria and Sweden. 

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