The go-ahead has been given for one of the UK’s largest ‘green’ data centres.
Plans are in place for two cloud hosting facilities at Queensway Park in Glenrothes, the first of which will cover an area of over 90,000 sq ft and is hoped to be ready for occupation towards the end of 2016.
When completed, Queensway Park will be the largest co-location data centre campus in Scotland with a development value approaching £100m.
In addition to state of the art data halls for high performance computer racks, it will include grade A office accommodation with a security centre, client space and facilities management operation.
Built towards BREEAM outstanding standards the facility will be one of the most efficient in the world.
As well as diverse power supplies ensuring maximum up-time, Queensway Park will feature high-speed fully resilient fibre architecture from a number of carriers providing ultra low latency in data transfer times, regardless of traffic volume.
The developers say that the vast majority of existing data centres will not be equipped to handle the mass increase in data anticipated by 2020.
Analysts predict there will be 35 billion mobile devices connected to the internet alone and that data centres will have to be capable of feeding information seamlessly across analytical platforms where it can be used in business and everyday life.
A pre-application notice was lodged with the Fife Council in January last year and was welcomed by local authority leaders as a strategically important part of Scotland’s technology infrastructure.
Robin Presswood, head of economy, planning and employability services, said: “This as an important piece of business infrastructure that Fife can offer companies looking for improved business performance through cloud computing and to companies using big data to identify new business trends and opportunities, particularly in financial services and the energy industries.”
The company behind the development, Queensway Park data Centres Ltd, is a joint venture between AOC Group and County Properties Group.
They worked closely with the Invest in Fife team and say this is the next generation in data centre technology which will help Scotland compete globally.
The facility will draw power from the adjacent RWE Innogy biomass plant which is the largest built to date in the UK, producing up to 65 mega watts of electricity.
The majority of the plant’s fuel comes in the form of wood waste and a small amount from sustainable forestry.