Planning permission has been granted to deliver a major data centre for one of the largest European-based data hosting companies at the flagship Worcester Six business park.
The scheme, to be carried out by developer Stoford, will deliver a 51,479 sq ft unit for 1&1 IONOS.
The new site is earmarked to become a cutting-edge data centre totalling 38,501 sq ft for IONOS and its subsidiary brand Fasthosts for UK and overseas customers. The development will also include 12,978 sq ft of ancillary offices.
The Worcester Six Business Park is one of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s game changer sites offering medium to large commercial space for businesses. The business park has been part funded by the Worcestershire LEP through the Local Growth Deal Fund with £5M invested.
The Worcester Six site has already attracted companies such as, Kimal, Spire Healthcare, Mira Showers, Material Solutions (a Siemens company),Cornelius and ZwickRoell. IONOS will become the seventh business to locate at the new business park.
Edward Peel, development manager at Stoford, said: “The approval for the IONOS development will bring another world-class operator to Worcester Six, which recognises the strategic location, excellent infrastructure links, and talented workforce that businesses can draw upon.
“We believe this is the first data centre to come to Wychavon and it is a clear indication of the confidence that IONOS, which is the largest cloud and hosting provider in Europe, has for the area, and for the business park. The excellent central location of Worcester Six, plus the availability and diverse routing of services that we have installed to the site, made this a forerunner for IONOS; we are proud to be delivering this building for them.”
Achim Weiss, IONOS CEO, said: “We are thrilled to start construction of the Worcester Six data centre soon. The demand for cloud services has been growing even more in these difficult times and with our new site we will be able to provide a variety of hosting, computing, and storage solutions to customers across the UK. We are very grateful that Wychavon District Council has approved our application so quickly.”
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, added: ” It is fantastic to see the application granted for another leading multinational company to locate at the Worcester Six Business Park. IONOS will mark the seventh business to locate at the game changer site in the last two years alone.
“We are working hard with our partners across the county to provide new locations, opportunities and support packages for organisations to boost the local economy and achieve our vision of making Worcestershire a connected, creative, dynamic economy for all.”
Cllr Richard Morris, deputy leader and portfolio holder for economic growth at Wychavon District Council, added: “IONOS choosing Wychavon as a base for their new data centre and offices is a tremendous vote of confidence in our local economy and will create high quality jobs in a growth industry. I look forward to having a tour of the new centre when it opens next year.”
IONOS was established in 1988 and is the largest hosting company in Europe, managing more than eight million customer contracts and hosting more than 12 million domains in its regional data centres around the globe. The IONOS group operates in 15 countries around the world and employs 3,500 people worldwide.