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Pure Data Centres to add nearly 700,000 sqft of data centre space to portfolio

Hyperscale developments to be built as strong demand from both new and existing capital partners wanting to deploy significant capital boost business for developers.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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June 18, 2021 | 4:24 PM BST

Pure Data Centres to add nearly 700,000 sqft of data centre space to portfolio

Render of Pure's future 450,000 sqft site in Borehamwood, within the London Commuter Belt. Source: Hertsmere Borough Council

Designer, builder, and data centre operator Pure Data Centres (Pure DC) is set to build two new facilities totalling a combined floor space of 665,000 sqft.

Firstly, the company has been granted permission to build a 450,000 sqft data centre in Borehamwood, 19Km from the British capital, London.

The project, to be built on the site of the former Sainsbury’s supermarket frozen food depot, is set to go ahead in a partnership between Pure DC and real estate developer Panattoni.

Expected to generate 117 jobs, the facility will have 42 emergency backup generators and special noise cancelling defences are set to be installed following noise concerns being raised during the project’s evaluation phase by the Hertsmere Borough Council.

In addition to the UK site, Pure has started construction of another facility, this time in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Being developed also through a partnership but this time with LOGOS, the data centre will offer 20MW of IT power and top 215,000 sqft of floor area. LOGOS is a logistics firm whose shareholders include Ivanhoe Cambridge of Canada, and Pure DC, which is backed by US investment firm Oaktree Capital Management.

Expected to be brough online in the first quarter of 2022, this is Pure DC’s first site in Indonesia, a country home to more than 270 million people and where the digital economy is set to reach US$133 billion by 2025, according to Knight Frank.

Martin Lynch, CEO of Pure DC, said: “We are very pleased to be entering the Jakarta data centre market with a new hyperscale build alongside our partner, LOGOS. Jakarta’s large population of internet users, rapidly growing economy and stable of tech “unicorns” make it one of the most exciting global markets for us.

“We have confidence in the growth of cloud services in this market and are pleased to help facilitate our customers’ continued expansion here.”

Stephen Hawkins, managing director of LOGOS, said: “We are very pleased to be welcoming our new data centre partner, Pure, as we push ahead with our investment in this growing sector.

“Existing logistics properties are, in many cases, well-suited to accommodate the mix of power and network fibre connectivity supporting data centre businesses, and our new data centre is a great example of this.”

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