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Kao Data announces 40 MW data centre in Manchester

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Kao Data has announced plans for a new 40 MW data centre in Manchester, after securing an industrial-scale site for redevelopment at Kenwood Point.

The facility, which represents an investment of £350 million by Kao, is set to be operational by late 2025, and will comprise nine data halls.

The data centre will align with Kao’s design, efficiency and sustainability ethos, providing a OCP-Ready and NVIDIA-DG- Ready certified infrastructure platform for advanced computing.

According to the company, the facility will offer a PUE of 1.2, be powered by 100% renewable energy and will use hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) in its generators. The design will also feature heat re-use capabilities to support local communities in the area.

“Our move into Manchester marks an important next step in the continued evolution of our organisation, and we’re excited to bring our industry-leading data centre platform to one of the UK’s most influential technology and business hubs,” said Spencer Lamb, Chief Commercial Officer, Kao Data.

“We believe our new facility will set a new standard for sustainable data centres within the region and will provide a piece of foundational infrastructure that supports both Northern England’s advanced computing clusters, and the UK Governments’ ambitions to become a technological and economic powerhouse for HPC and AI.”

Kao has said that Manchester will be the first of its new Tier II locations in Europe.

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