Lockerbie could have Europe's biggest datacentre

Lockerbie in Scotland could get Europe's biggest datacentre.

Lockerbie in Scotland could get Europe's biggest datacentre.

The firm Lockerbie Data Centres is consulting with local residents over the building of the centre, which will spread over 250,000 square metres.

Costing £800m, the proposed Peelhouses Data Centre and Sustainable Village will include a new business park providing around 20,000 square metres of high-tech office space to attract internet companies to the area.

It is hoped 1,000 jobs will be created, along with 750 new homes of mixed tenure in a "traditional south of Scotland village format", and also provide a sustainable living environment.

A percentage of the power required for the datacentre will come from local wind farms and a bio-mass plant. The cool local climate will also substantially reduce the power requirement for cooling the many thousand servers used in the data facility.

John Hume, chairman and chief executive of Lockerbie Data Centres, said, "Meeting with a number of different groups has given us the opportunity to listen to concerns which we have now integrated into our plans. The overall message we have received is that people are pleased to see this development which will put Lockerbie firmly on the map as an international hub for the internet age."

It is expected that the planning application will be lodged with Dumfries and Galloway Council in early April.

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