Newly-formed European data center platform Global Technical Realty (GTR), has just announced reaching an agreement with SEGRO to develop a data center campus in Slough, United Kingdom (UK).

This project represents GTR’s first investment in the UK since the company was launched in May last year as a $1 billion data center acquisition platform by New York headquartered investment firm KKR and data center entrepreneur Franek Sodzawiczny.

“We are pleased to partner with GTR in developing our first UK data center campus. We welcome this opportunity to play a role in supporting the UK as it continues to upgrade its digital infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of the digital economy,” said Andrew Peisch, Director at KKR.

“At a time when longer term sustainability in data center development is a critical consideration, sophisticated design plays an increasingly important role and we have every confidence that the GTR team is well positioned to deliver.”

With a plan to offer up to 40.5MW of IT load capacity, the new UK data center will be delivered in two phases which are expected to be fully operational in Q4 2022. As designed by SEGRO, the site will comprise of three independent data centers capable of operating individually, or as one interlinked campus. Each data center building is expected to accommodate about 5,375 square meters of net technical area and support up to 13.5MW IT load.

“We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data center campus. The data center sector moves at an impressive pace. GTR brings both the technical expertise and industry experience to manage the design and build phase of this project seamlessly to meet clear customer demand for bespoke capability,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, founder and CEO of GTR.

To lead GTR, Sodzawiczny will be joined by Martin Carroll, formerly Lead Director, EMEA Data Center Advisory at JLL; Mark Trevor, formerly Partner and Head of EMEA Data Center Transaction and Advisory at Cushman & Wakefield; Tom Sodzawiczny, formerly Associate Director of Capital Markets at Colliers International; and Richard Rowson, formerly CFO at Global Switch and VP Finance at Interxion.