US-based data center operator CyrusOne has broken ground on its first Irish data center campus in Grange Castle Business Park South, near Dublin.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held just before Datacloud Ireland 2019, and was graced by guests including senior representatives from local government, residents and industry leaders.

“Ireland is an incredibly attractive place to do business, and Dublin in particular has established itself as one of the world’s thriving tech hubs,” said Tesh Durvasula, CyrusOne European president.

“The level of demand for spaces from enterprise customers has been great, even in these early stages of construction. We’ve made a clear commitment to expansion in Europe and building our presence in Dublin sits at the center of this strategy.”

The new campus is code-named “Dublin I” and will be built in phases with a total planned capacity of 74MW and a computing floor space of 33,445 square meters (360,000 square feet).

Consisting of three separated two-story buildings, the campus is now the largest colocation data center currently under construction in Ireland. The data hall features 900 mm heavy duty raised floor with 4,200 mm clear height.

CyrusOne also plans to setup a “green wall” around the site to help make the buildings more energy efficient and act as carbon sinks reducing carbon emissions. This development features a rejuvenated grassland areas, pollinator-friendly planting and a habitat for amphibian wildlife.

The company said its reinforced efforts will ensure a sustainable build and preserve local wildlife, including sourcing power from 100% renewable sources with roof-mounted solar panels designed to supplement Dublin 1 main power supply.

The Irish facility will be among the first CyrusOne data centers in Europe to deploy closed loop chilled-water cooling. This system uses an air-cooled chiller technology with an integrated compressor and condenser that cools the closed loop of water, significantly reducing water consumption.

As announced, the first phase of Dublin 1 is expected to be ready by Q4 2020 with waiting customer requests.