Friday, 5 December 2008

New Lockerbie Data Centre

There are interesting plans afoot to build what is described as the world's largest data centre just outside Lockerbie in Scotland.

The data centre, at a place called Peelhouses, is proposed to be 250,000 square metres and has an estimated cost of £800m. But one of the most interesting aspects is the fact that, according to Lockerbie Data Centres Limited which is planning to build the facility, the development will 'enshrine principles of sustainability and address economic, social and environmental aspects of the locality'.

The development will offset the energy inputs required (much of which will come from biomass and wind power) by balancing it with local renewable energy sources and the re-use of energy in a new village of 750 homes, a commercial and technology park and greenhouses used for commercial or research purposes. There is also an area within the development set aside for landscaped recreational use.

It's worth having a look at the proposals, which are here. It's not for me to comment on an individual development - there is a public exhibition of the proposal going on now for the local community to express its views. But the extent of the development, the holistic approach to its impact on the environment and the consideration of energy input and output all point to a more thoughtful approach to how and where to place these monuments to our hi-tech society.

It will be interesting to see how the proposal develops.

© The Green IT Review

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