Next Generation Data’s ‘mega’ data centre needs further expansion

07 March 2018

NGD’s carrier-neutral Tier 3 facility in South Wales offers a gross internal area of 750,000ft2 and can house up to 22,000 racks.

NGD’s carrier-neutral Tier 3 facility in South Wales offers a gross internal area of 750,000 sq. ft.  and can house up to 22,000 racks.

Next Generation Data (NGD) will build out an additional 250,000 sq. ft. of capacity at its “mega” data centre campus near Cardiff.

The company says this follows a number of new customer contracts worth in excess of £125m over the next five years, including agreements with several Fortune 100 companies.

Work is already under way on the facility’s top floor to accommodate the new data halls.

The company’s construction director Phil Smith says: “NGD’s 750,00 sq. ft. multi-tier facility has already reached 30 per cent occupancy with 31 data halls, but we still have abundant space and power available to future proof customer requirements as well as soak up new business demand.

The largely pillar-free top floor is ideal for a variety of scalable data hall designs including private and shared facilities.”

The company adds that the scale and complexity of the project requires more than 500 construction workers to be permanently on site, creating further employment for locally-based contractors. 

Since opening for business eight years ago, NGD claims it has already notched up more than 32MW of built space and remains Europe’s largest data centre campus. The firm says its “highly secure” facility features a vast 180MW renewably sourced power capacity and multiple high-speed low-latency fibre network connections. 

In 2016, NGD secured multimillion pound funding from Infravia Capital Partners to accelerate expansion. NGD chairperson Simon Taylor says: “[Our] industry leading 16-week build out timescales and the financial resources of our funding partner are enabling us to respond extremely quickly to global market opportunities.”