Echelon Data Centres recieve planning consent for Arklow development

Echelon Data Centres confirms that it has been granted planning permission for its planned 45,000m² (484,000 sqft) facility in Arklow. The new data centre represents an investment of €500 million, will have a capacity of up to 100MW and will create 540 jobs – 450 in construction and 90 operational positions.

The granting of planning allows Echelon to begin the design process and the on-site enablement works for the project.

Graeme McWilliams, COO of Echelon Data Centres said: ”We are looking forward to seeing activity on a site that has been underutilised for so many years.  We are fully committed to this substantial investment and want to start the project as soon as possible. The effect of this development on the Wicklow economy will be felt not only during the construction phase but also through the 90 permanent positions that will be created on site when works are completed.”

“It is my firm belief that the presence of this ultra-modern facility will also help the process of rejuvenating the Avoca Business Park, which in turn will attract new companies and enterprises and place Wicklow firmly on the map as a place to do business.”

The development is located on the former Irish Fertilisers Industries site, next to the M11 in Arklow, Co Wicklow. The initial development phase of the project will be funded by the company and the first 35Mw of capacity (Phase 1 Stage 1) will be available from Q1 2021.

Work has already commenced on its sister site in Clondalkin Dublin which has enabled Echelon Data Centres to begin marketing both locations to potential customers operating in ecommerce, cloud computing, digital broadcasting, social media, telecommunications and the internet of things.

Graeme Mc Williams said: “The requirement for data centres is growing and Ireland is uniquely placed to become one of the main hubs for multinationals locating in Europe who need access to these facilities. There is significant grid power available for our sites and we also expect a substantial growth in the renewable energy sector which will come on stream as facilities like ours help create a sustainable and constant demand for green power.”

Echelon is investing over €1 billion between its two existing sites and has advanced plans to expand into the UK and other European locations.

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