Construction of DRT data centre on schedule

  13 June 2016  |    News

On 28 April 2016, BAM and Mercury Engineering drove the first pile into the ground for the approximately 15,000 m2 DRT data centre in De President.

Since, about another 600 piles have been driven, and the aim is to complete all pile-driving work within three weeks. Simultaneously, the footings are being excavated and the site prepared for pouring the work floors. The data centre is expected to be finished in Q1 2017.

Digital Realty Trust signed a contract with the municipality of Haarlemmermeer to build a data centre covering 1.6 hectares. The US operator bought a plot covering more than 2 hectares in Business Park De President, now under development, with an option to expand to up to 5.37 hectares. The project includes six halls, each capable of handling 1.92 megawatts of load.

Digital Realty Trust, one of the world’s largest data centre companies, is already active in the Netherlands and has hosting locations around Amsterdam. The company decided to expand because of the ongoing demand for data centre services from the Dutch market, and the need for more office space. The new data centre in De President will therefore include some office space.

Attractive location
“Amsterdam is right at the centre of the part of Europe where demand for modern network data centres is greatest. The feedback we receive from different companies shows that an easily accessible data centre is crucial for them,” notes Bernard Geoghegan, EMEA Managing Director at Digital Realty. “To enable new IT trends such as cloud computing, the high-speed transport of large amounts of data is very important. In terms of connectivity, our data centre in Business Park De President provides an unparalleled ecosystem, and supports companies of all sizes in Amsterdam.”

Digital Realty Trust (turnover $1.3 billion) has 122 Digital Realty data centres worldwide, which jointly cover more than two million leasable square metres. The portfolio is spread across 32 countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.