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Caransa Groep sells data centre in Westelijk Havengebied to GGID

Caransa Groep sells data centre in Westelijk Havengebied to GGID

On 8 July 2021, GGID acquired the development of one of the largest and most energy-efficient data centre in Amsterdam from the Caransa Groep. The data centre being developed is located on the Donauweg in Amsterdam Westpoort. Caransa Groep started this project in response to the increasing demands for data centres.

 

Sustainability

The data centre aims to become the most sustainable data centre in the world. Key tenant and technology partner, EscherCloud, a provider of sustainable cloud services for AI and HPC, will implement sustainable cooling technology in the data centre.

 

Collaboration

In recent years, intensive collaboration took place with the Port of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Municipality, and Westpoort Warmte in order to ensure that the innovative and sustainable data centre would fit in with the municipal data centre policy. Without the time and energy invested by the Port of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Municipality, it would never have been possible to obtain the environmental permit.

 

Background

The circa 100,000 m2 data centre consists of 3 towers, each approximately 80 m high, which will be built in phases. The first pile was driven in mid-June 2021, and the first tower is scheduled to be completed in mid-2023.

Due to the area’s excellent connectivity, it offers an optimum location for the data centre. The backbone of the Internet runs right through Amsterdam Westpoort, making it ideally suited for establishing data centres. In addition, This data centre has an electrical power supply capacity of no less than 100 MVA.

Caransa Groep previously developed the 72 m high AMS1 data centre, also called the Amsterdam Data Tower, located on the Science Park in Watergraafsmeer, which it owns.

 

Parties involved:

  • Architect: Rosbach Architects B.V.
  • Structural engineer: Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs B.V.
  • Systems advisor: HaskoningDHV Nederland B.V.
  • Broker: AC Niellsen Data Center
  • Sustainable advisor: Sustainable Network Consultancy

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