Expansion for Manchester data centre operator

Datum Group to open two new data centres

A new data centre is set to go live in Manchester in March 2024.

Datum Group, which acquired Manchester-based data centre operator Teledata in September last year, has announced plans to open two new data centre facilities, including Manchester and Farnborough.

MCR2 will be located at the Teledata site in Manchester and will offer up to 25,000 sq ft of space, 4MVA of power and more than 1,000 new server racks in both high and standard density.

Around 20 jobs will be created during the build process of the Manchester site, and up to five jobs will be recruited to the existing centre team.

FRN2 in Farnborough will provide 600 footprints on the ground floor, with scope to double this capacity on the first floor.

All data halls will provide an average power density of 3.5kW/footprint, capability to deliver high density compute of up to 30kW/footprint, and Tier 3+ resilience.

Dominic Phillips, Datum CEO, said: “This planned expansion will offer much needed additional capacity to serve immediate market needs.

“As a data centre provider we have a responsibility to our clients to ensure that continuous capacity is available. Manchester is the second most economically active area in the UK and we’re working hard to grow our facilities in line with regional demand.”

Matt Edgley, director for Teledata, said: “Teledata’s acquisition by Datum Datacentres presents a huge opportunity for growth – not just at a business level, but for our clients and also regionally.

“Data centre space in Manchester is becoming harder to secure with capacity in the area nearing critical point. This expansion will help us to support our clients’ growth by providing enterprise grade colocation through our network of geodiverse, high security data centres.”

Teledata was acquired by Farnborough-based data centre provider Datum Datacentres in September last year.

This marked the first regional bolt-on acquisition for Datum as part of its regional expansion strategy. Datum was acquired by funds managed by the UBS Asset Management (UBS-AM) Real Estate and Private Markets business (REPM) in September 2021 with the intention to expand into key regional markets.