29 January 2018
By Mary Bermimghan
Little Island will be the home of Cork’s next digital development. A €200m data centre campus will begin operations as soon as next year.
The deal was secured between US firm T5 Data Centers and Cork-based JCD Group due to a reliable high-voltage power supply and a climate, which provides free indirect air cooling.
Michael Mulcahy, CEO of Little Island Business Association, said: “We are delighted that Little Island has secured this new facility and I congratulate John Cleary and his team at JCD as T5 Data Centres are world renowned in this area. Data centres are a really good business addition and fit for Little Island.”
The new 323,000sq ft, three building, 32 MW T5@Ireland campus will be built on the 32.5-acre former Mitsui Denman site. The brown-field site, which has full planning permission, will be fed by 60MW of power from a nearby substation and will be connected to two super-fast fibre cables, one of which will link Ireland to mainland Europe via France by 2019.
These super-fast connections will give the Little Island campus faster connection speeds for data transfer than Dublin, to cities like London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris.
Clearance of the site is almost complete and phase one of the development – a €70m 84,000sq ft building – is expected to start within weeks, sustaining an impressive 125 construction jobs at its peak.