Ada to develop 201 MW data centre campus in East London

Ada Infrastructure has been granted planning permission to develop a 210 MW data centre campus in London’s Docklands which is set to be one of the largest in the UK capital.

What the new data centre being developed by Ada Infrstructure in Docklands in East London will look like

Ada, a leader in sustainable digital infrastructure and the data centre platform of GLP Capital Partners, received the green light from London’s Newham Strategic Development Committee for a major new development.

As Ada’s flagship scheme in the United Kingdom, the Docklands data centre campus is designed for sustainability, safety, security, and to meet emerging AI workloads, the company said.

“This new data centre development embodies our commitment to driving positive change through the use of sustainable technology and materials, a robust environmental, health and safety program, and an ongoing investment in the communities in which we work and live,” said Jennifer Weitzel, president, Ada Infrastructure.

Jennifer Weitzel, President, Ada Infrastructure

The development, which includes three 70 MW data centre buildings and a community multi-purpose facility, is sustainably designed to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

The data centre buildings feature innovative energy solutions including air and liquid cooling systems that operate without water evaporation, usage of low-carbon building materials, and provisions for a district heating system interconnection.

The campus is engineered to be ‘AI ready’ from day one, capable of adapting to the intensive power and cooling requirements of hyperscale AI applications.

In addition to collaborating with local partners to provide job training and employment opportunities, “the project’s future-ready design, including energy-efficient systems, net positive landscaping, and strict physical and cybersecurity protocols, will set new standards for safe and sustainable development in the age of AI,” Weitzel said.

The multi-purpose facility will be available to the community for job training programmes to enhance local opportunities and foster careers across the digital infrastructure and technology sectors, creating educational and career opportunities in cutting-edge technology fields.

The new development will also enhance the public spaces around the site, including improved pathways for pedestrians and cyclists along the river Thames.

“We are pleased to note the significant public realm improvements that will be of huge benefit to those who live, work and study in the local area, as a result of the new data campus,” said Robert De Jong, director, the Royal Docks Centre for Sustainability at the University of East London. “These proposals are highly sustainable and enhance access to public space and the Thames.”

Ada Infrastructure has seven campuses across Japan, the UK, and Brazil, with over 1 GW of power currently available and more than 1,500 MW in its global pipeline.