STACK Infrastructure and First Gulf build new Toronto campus
STACK infrastructure has announced it is building a new data centre campus in Toronto, Canada as part of a collaboration with Canadian development company, First Gulf.
The new 56MW campus marks the infrastructure organisation’ first international expansion and will sit on 19 acres of land near downtown Toronto.
Talking about the project and its location, Brian Cox, CEO of STACK Infrastructure, said: “Toronto, with its incredible economic growth, access to power, and connectivity, is one of North America’s most exciting data center expansion opportunities.
“Our company continues to develop where our hyperscale and enterprise clients need to be, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with First Gulf and expand internationally to meet those needs.
“This represents the next chapter in the fast-moving and ever-expanding story of STACK growth,” he said.
To increase scalability and redundancy, three substations will feed the campus, being served by electric utility company, Toronto Hydro. The campus also aims to allow “hyperscale and enterprise clients to choose from ready capacity, powered shell, and build-to-suit opportunities,” the company claims.
Chief Executive Officer of the Great Gulf Group, the parent company to First Gulf, Ilias Konstantopoulos, expressed his excitement at working with STACK on the project. He said: “Together, STACK and First Gulf make an exceptional team.
“There is incredible potential here for long-term growth of digital communications infrastructure, and we’re proud to join forces with STACK to facilitate that growth,” he added.
John Tory, Toronto’s Mayor, also shared his enthusiasm, saying that he is “delighted to welcome STACK and its partners to Toronto.”
He added: “As an industrial and financial hub of Canada, increased technology access, development, and jobs are critical to Toronto’s growth, which is why we hope this is just the beginning of a long, successful partnership.”
In addition to the Toronto Campus, STACK claims it is finalising the delivery of a 24MW facility in Hillsboro, Portland.
It also claims to offer several opportunities throughout the United States. These Include:
- A 400MW critical capacity hyperscale data centre in Fort Worth, Texas
- A 42MW data centre campus in Albany, Ohio.
- A 150MW potential critical capacity campus in Avondale, Arizona.
The Toronto campus is expected to be completed by summer 2022.
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.