Planning approval paves the way for Scotland’s largest Data Centre Campus

Queensway Park data centre GlenrothesDetailed planning approval was granted this week for phase 1 of what will become Scotland’s largest data centre facility and the first of its kind to be completely powered by a renewable energy source.

The £150 million campus will cover an area equal to eight premiership football pitches and create over 300 construction jobs during the build programme. The completed development will provide up to 100 full time jobs and will help boost other inward investment in the area once known as Scotland’s Silicon Glen.

Queensway Park Data Centres managing director, Alan O’Connor, said: “The rapidly expanding data centre industry is predicted to require 4% of global energy consumption by 2020. It is therefore imperative we maximise the use of renewable power wherever we can and minimise the impact on our environment.”

RWE owns and operate the UK’s largest biomass plant located next door and both companies are nearing completion of terms for a huge energy connection to the campus.

Fife Council’s convener of economy, tourism, strategic planning and transportation, Councillor Altany Craik, said: “We are delighted Fife is set to become home to Scotland’s largest and most energy efficient data centre. Fife is at the forefront renewable energy and this development reinforces our position as one of the most innovative local authorities in the country.”

Fife Councillor Fiona Grant, chair of Glenrothes Area Committee, added: “This state of the art facility is an exciting addition to our ambitious plan for the regeneration of Queensway Technology and Business Park.”

Phase 1 at Queensway Park data centre campus is scheduled for completion by the end of next year and the completed campus will eventually host around 4,000 high performance computer racks.

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