UK-based data center and cloud service provider Custodian Data Centres, has announced it plans to build a new 10MW data center facility in Dartford, Kent, sited about 15 miles from Central London.

Codenamed DA2, the new Dartford data center is already under construction following the ground-breaking in September 2021. As designed, DA2 is a Tier III facility which will operate a PUE rating of below 1.3, support multiple network carriers, and be powered by 100% dual diverse renewable energy feeds.

“Uptime, digital security and energy efficiency are shaping the business environment. As businesses look toward their post-pandemic future and re-draw their digital transformation roadmaps, it’s now a commercial imperative to have a data center partner that can underpin their growth with agile mission-critical infrastructure,” said Rowland Kinch, CEO of Custodian Data Centres.

“At Custodian, we believe that our service-first ethos offers a step-change for the data center market, and that our new DA2 facility offers a competitive choice for organizations looking to step away from the crowded London Docklands.”

Expected to support the operations of Custodian’s 2MW data center in Maidstone (ME14), DA2 will include a dedicated Dark Fibre ring to offer latency connectivity from central London to the company’s ME14 facility.

“At Custodian we want to empower businesses to grow, and we do so by offering them agile mission-critical infrastructure combined with unparalleled technical service,” said Robert Williams, Technical Director at Custodian Data Centres.

“With a dedicated, on-site, M&E team who are primed to deliver bespoke infrastructure suites, including built-to-suit options, our DA2 facility will ensure customers have the power, cooling, security, connectivity and support to thrive in a post-pandemic world.”

With plans to open DA2 in Q2 2022, Custodian will develop the entire facility in three phases, and upon full-build, the facility will host up to 800 racks, while the 2,500 square meter site will have a full capacity of 10MW.