Kao preps for £350m Stockport data centre
Having acquired Kenwood Point in Reddish from Mercia Real Estate, the data centre developer and operator has unveiled ambitions to build a 40-megawatt facility powered completely by renewable energy.
This marks the first foray into the North for London-based Kao Data, which also operates data centres in Harlow, Slough, and Northolt.
“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 for Kao, regarding the acquisition.
Kenwood Park is a brownfield, 10-acre site with a 160,100 sq ft warehouse. JLL represented Kao Data on the deal, which was for an undisclosed amount. DHRE advised vendor Mercia Real Estate.
Kao’s plans for Kenwood Park represent an investment of £350m, according to the developer. When Kao completes its work on the site, there will be nine data halls capable of acting as an infrastructure hub for high-performance computing and artificial intelligence.
Kao is aiming to open the facility in late 2025. The developer’s plans call for the data centre to be fully powered by renewable energy, to use hydrotreated vegetable oil in its generators, and to incorporate heat re-use technology.
Lamb said: “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.”