Global Technical Realty (GTR) has commenced the construction of its first UK data center campus which is located on a site at Slough Trading Estate.

Codenamed GB One, the 40.5MW data center campus is expected to deliver three data center buildings when fully developed, each having the capacity to accommodate over 5,375 square meters of net technical area and 13.5MW IT load.

“GTR is in the unique position of having an equity capital commitment with KKR’s third global infrastructure fund.  This gives us the flexibility to not only fund projects rapidly but to also offer continuity of support to our customers across multiple facilities and locations. We are motivated to get our first UK data center up and operational and are delighted to be partnering with SEGRO to help achieve this,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, Founder and CEO at Global Technical Realty. 

This project was first announced in June 2021, when GTR reached an agreement to lease the site and partnered with the Estate owner SEGRO to develop the data center building shell. As announced, GB One represents GTR’s first investment in the UK since the company was launched in May 2020 as a $1 billion data center acquisition platform by New York headquartered investment firm KKR and data center entrepreneur Franek Sodzawiczny.

“Over the last 100 years Slough Trading Estate has evolved in terms of the customers based there.  Data centers are part of the latest evolution, breathing new life into the estate alongside some of our more traditional customer base. Our data center team is looking forward to using its unrivalled sector experience to work with GTR to create this state-of-the-art facility at Slough Trading Estate,” said James Craddock, SEGRO’s Managing Director for Thames Valley.

As announced last year, the new UK data center will be delivered in two phases which are expected to be fully operational in Q4 2022.