London Calling: $79M Data Center Coming to London Slough Campus

Pictured above: LD5 in London

Equinix announced it is adding its sixth data center in London, a $79 million facility being built to accommodate growing demand from multiple customer groups.

Details about the 86,000 square foot (8,000 square meter) LD6 facility were released in January. LD6 will add the equivalent of 2,770 cabinets to Equinix’s London Slough campus, half of which will be available when the expansion’s first phase opens in the first half of 2015.

“LD6 is a hugely exciting project,” said Russell Poole, the managing director of Equinix UK. “The facility will be the most advanced data center in the UK.”

The LD6 announcement was accompanied by news of Equinix’s separate $37 million acquisition of the buildings housing two other data centers at the London Slough campus, LD4 and LD5. Equinix also said it’s entered into long-term ground leases throughout the entire campus.

The deals give Equinix 50-year control over one of the United Kingdom’s largest and fastest-growing data center campuses. With the addition of LD6, the London Slough campus will provide a total of 388,000 square feet (36,000 square meter) of colocation space.

Plans for construction of LD6 come amid consistent demand from financial services, content, cloud and enterprise customers.

Financial services firms, in particular, are driving recent growth with their shift to the London Slough campus from power-challenged data centers in the City of London and Dockland sections of London. The London Slough campus houses more than 170 financial services businesses, which collectively account for a quarter of the total European equities trade count.

LD6 will feature what Poole called “new standards in efficiency and sustainability.”

LD6 is pursuing platinum accreditation from Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). The facility’s energy-saving measures will include an air system that uses 100% natural ventilation and mass air cooling technology with indirect heat exchange.