Scotland fights back in digital wars with launch of largest data centre

The Pyramid Business Park

Scotland fights back in digital wars with launch of largest data centre

Growth in data centres 'provide a foundation for all sectors in the economy and have been a key enabler of the UK’s success'

Scotland’s digital future and the growth of the wider tech sector has been given “a unique opportunity”  with the development of the country’s largest data centre.

The Pyramids Data Centre in Bathgate, West Lothian, will provide the capacity to support the public and private sectors as they continue their journey deeper into the cloud.

Just alongside the M8 Motorway outside Edinburgh, the 93-acre Pyramids Data Centre will be developed in three phases and will provide 250,000 sq ft of flexible, modular and scalable technical space, with the potential for up to 500,000 sq ft.

Steven McGarva, of site owners Ashfield Land, explains: “Having owned the Pyramids for the past year or so and examined a number of options for its future it is clear that we need to invest and be at the heart of Scotland’s Digital economy.

“With such investment the Pyramids presents a unique opportunity, given its scale, power supply and data infrastructure, to create a campus style Data Centre and digital hub.

“The need for regional data centres will continue to grow as demand for quicker access to data from businesses and consumers increases and technology improves.

“This is a natural progression for the site taking it from a manufacturing centre in the 1990s through to a call centre and now into the digital age”

 “As the Scottish data centre market grows, and becomes more sophisticated, it will become more and more important for Scottish based companies to support these services locally.”

The Pyramids Data Centre meets all the technical requirements demanded from a Tier 3 facility and is served by an 18MVA power supply and has access to multiple high-speed fibre network providers and Tier 1 long-haul operators. Plans are currently being developed to power the centre with on-site renewable energy.

Security is a priority for any data centre and the Pyramids will provide dual entrance gates, anti-climb fencing, infrared beams, round the clock site and CCTV security and will be completely separate from the main business park.

Consultant Michael Hunter, Associate Director in Cushman & Wakefield’s Data Centre Advisory Group, said the handling of data was key to the region’s success.

He said: “Data is becoming a more important tool for businesses every day – and is as crucial for individuals, enterprise and the public sector. As a result, the market for storage, collaboration, and information management tools is on an upward curve.

“Data centres, the home of this mass of digital information, provide a foundation for all sectors in the economy and have been a key enabler of the UK’s success in moving from a manufacturing to a service-based economy.

 “In recent years Ireland has benefited from attracting upwards of £6bn of investment in the data centre industry from companies such as: Google, Facebook, Apple, AWS and Microsoft. Up until now, Scotland has not provided the size and scale of infrastructure needed.”