Vantage Data Centers to construct second data center campus in London

April 25, 2023
The company made the announcement of this second facility only three months after it revealed plans for its first this past January.

Hyperscale data center operator Vantage Data Centers has revealed plans to build its second data center campus in London. Construction of LHR2 will cost £250 million. The company made the announcement of this second facility only three months after it revealed plans for its first this past January.

LHR2 will host a single data center designed to deliver 20 MW of IT capacity across 194,000 square feet (18,000 square meters) when it becomes operational, a milestone Vantage Data Centers expects to reach early in 2025. The Park Royal location is less than 30 minutes from London Heathrow airport. The new site will incorporate several sustainable features in accordance with BREEAM excellent status, including air and water source heat pumps and an overall low power usage effectiveness (PUE). The campus will also connect to the local district heating network to repurpose waste heat to support the local community.

“Expanding our presence in London, the largest of the FLAP [Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris] data center markets and one of the largest global markets, enables Vantage to meet unprecedented demand for critical IT capacity and helps strengthen the region’s digital infrastructure,” said Antoine Boniface, president, EMEA for Vantage Data Centers. “Vantage’s unique ability to rapidly scale to this magnitude continues to set the company apart from the rest of the industry.

“To support our ongoing developments, operations and business across EMEA, Vantage is also increasing our regional team by nearly 55% this year,” Boniface continued. “Adding new team members positions us to best serve our current and future customers to enable their growth and ongoing success.”

LHR2’s 20 MW is less than half the 48 MW LHR1 is expected to provide when its construction completes in late 2024 (see "Vantage Data Centers plans London hyperscale data center campus"). The two London sites will complement Vantage Data Center’s existing facility in Cardiff. Together, the three campuses will offer 216 MW of IT capacity across more than 2.6 million square feet (244,000 square meters) once fully developed.

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