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Google to build £800m data centre

Google has began development work on a $1bn (£790m) information centre in Hertfordshire.

The brand new growth is being constructed on a 33-acre web site in Waltham Cross, which Google acquired in 2020. The corporate has not named any contractors engaged on the positioning or defined what development works it has now began.

The info centre will assist energy Google merchandise comparable to its search engine, Gmail and Google Maps.

Waste warmth generated by the data-centre exercise will probably be recovered and used elsewhere. The info centre will make use of an air-based cooling resolution.

Google chief monetary officer Ruth Porat stated the information centre would assist the corporate meet the rising demand for its synthetic intelligence and cloud providers.

She stated: “The Waltham Cross information centre represents our newest funding within the UK and the broader digital economic system at massive.

“This funding builds upon our Saint Giles and King’s Cross workplace developments, our multi-year analysis collaboration settlement with the College of Cambridge, and the Grace Hopper subsea cable that connects the UK with the US and Spain.”

Prime minister Rishi Sunak stated Google’s funding was “testomony to the truth that the UK is a centre of excellence in expertise and has big potential for progress”.

Google opened its first information centre in London in 2017, which was its second in Europe.

Lendlease is presently constructing a £1bn workplace constructing for Google in central London. The 330 metre-long ‘groundscraper’ close to King’s Cross station was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group.

Google additionally bought the Central Saint Giles growth close to London’s Oxford Road in 2022 for £871m. It was refurbished by Morgan Sindall’s fit-out arm Overbury.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt stated: “From enterprise performed on-line to developments in healthcare, each rising economic system depends on information centres.

“Our nation is not any completely different and this main $1bn funding from Google is a big vote of confidence in Britain as the biggest tech economic system in Europe, bringing with it good jobs and the infrastructure we have to help the industries of the long run.”

Google has been contacted for remark.