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GTR’s first UK data centre closer to launch

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Global Technical Realty (GTR) has announced plans to launch its first UK data centre campus, GB One, before the end of 2023.

The 40.5 MW GB One, situated on the Segro trading estate in Slough, will comprise three standalone facilities capable of operating both individually or as an interlinked campus.

With the completion of the first building taking place ahead of schedule in October 2022, GTR is now planning block one to be operational in the last quarter of 2023.

“We are now designing, building and project managing huge and complex developments in very different times, and they are not without challenges,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, Founder and CEO at Global Technical Realty.

“Our supply chain has become increasingly mission critical over the past few years and, in some instances, we are carefully tracking components that are 24 months out from delivery to site. It’s this attention to detail that will ensure our success.”

According to GTR, the GB One development is focussed on ensuring minimal waste of resources. This has involved ensuring close co-ordination between landlord and tenant design teams to incorporate key design features into the ‘base-build’ scheme.

“Mercury and SEGRO have co-ordinated the design challenges we set them from the outset of the project incredibly effectively,” continued Sodzawiczny. “Collaboration across partnerships and suppliers is critical in meeting deadlines, but it’s also of fundamental importance in achieving other important goals, such as managing or even exceeding sustainability targets.”

The GB One team is also evaluating the use of HVO fuel to supply the generator sets, and sourcing all power from providers utilising 100% renewable energy.

GTR is a $1 billion European build-to-suit data centre platform, funded by investment firm KKR.

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