April 15, 2009 03:01 ET

Green Datacentre From Telehouse Europe to Power London Homes and Businesses

Telehouse West will help meet the capital’s ICT needs while reducing CO2 emissions and generating heat for the local community

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - WSP Group and Telehouse Europe today announced that Telehouse West, a new Pounds Sterling 80 million state-of-the-art datacentre, will transform generated waste heat into energy for the local Docklands community.

The move will see Telehouse Europe mitigate the carbon footprint of its nine-storey Telehouse West datacentre at the East India Docks by exporting waste heat for use in nearby homes and businesses, a move which has received approval from the Greater London Authority.

Telehouse Europe is the first major datacentre to gain planning permission in London since stringent sustainability requirements were written into the city's legislation. One of the reasons for the project's approval was the range of innovative green schemes Telehouse and the WSP Group, a London-based international sustainability and engineering consultancy, have put into action.

The partnership will see Telehouse West save up to 1,110 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum and provide up to nine megawatts of power for the local neighbourhood. The energy savings will equate to boiling 3,000 kettles continuously. The disposal of waste heat from cooling systems is one of the most significant sustainability issues associated with data storage. This will be the first time a heat export strategy has been introduced in the UK for this type of datacentre facility.

Commenting on the announcement Mr Bob Harris, Technical Services Director of Telehouse Europe, said: "We are very proud of the new Pounds Sterling 80 million Telehouse West facility, not only will it offer an innovative way to capture and repurpose waste heat, but the facility will also ease the capacity crunch. Secure data facilities are now vital to every area of modern business. Organisations throughout the world will be able to turn to Telehouse West for all their data storage needs knowing that they will be helping the local community and the environment."

Mr Kieran Rushe of Planning Consultants Dalton Warner Davis said: "This has been one of the fastest projects of this type of complexity from submission to award. At his Stage 2 planning assessment the Mayor recognised that the Telehouse proposal has the potential to mitigate the proposed development's contribution to the urban heat island effect and provide impetus for a district heat network in the area. The GLA said that the agreed solution represents the best possible outcome within the specific constraints of the scheme and accords with the objectives of London Plan policy 4A.6."

Martyn Bishop, Senior Technical Director at WSP Buildings, said: "Our multi-disciplinary team has worked on a solution which integrates various aspects of the new building to reduce its environmental impact considerably. It demonstrates that taking a holistic view pays dividends."

WSP Group prepared a detailed environmental impact assessment for the project and worked on the fire, acoustic, security, transport and VT engineering aspects of the project. FM is the Structural Engineer on the project. MACE is the main contractor for the 19,000 m2 building, which is due for completion in 2010.

About WSP Group

WSP Group plc is a global design, engineering and management consultancy, specialising in projects for the property, transport and environment sectors. Our 10,000 employees in 35 countries work with clients to create built and natural environments for a sustainable future.

About Telehouse Europe

Telehouse Europe offers data centre facilities and connectivity, providing a secure and resilient platform for mission critical IT systems. Established in 1988, Telehouse became Europe's first purpose-built neutral colocation provider. Today, the company is at the heart of the Internet and telecommunications infrastructure, serving over 700 major customers worldwide, from small start-ups to multinationals across a wide range of industries. It is a subsidiary of Japanese corporation KDDI, a Global 300 company and, with its sister company Telehouse America, is able to offer a global network covering Europe, America and Asia.

Contact Information

  • Noiseworks PR (on behalf of Telehouse Europe)
    Suzannah Archibald
    +44 (0)1628 628 080


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